Date of Award

Spring 1994

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

MengChu Zhou

Second Advisor

Edwin Hou

Third Advisor

David T. Wang

Abstract

In recent years, one of the most exciting advances in media has been the use of fiber optics in LANs. The bandwidth provided by Fiber Optic Technology has drastically increased the number of new applications that can be supported by communication networks. In order to support a variety of services, in 1986, the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X3, and the ASC X3T9.5 Task Group developed a new standard; the Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) [1]. This is a high speed (100 Mbps) optical communication network based on a token passing mode of operation. The Medium Access Control (MAC) Protocol selected for this network attempts to provide priority services, as well as bounded delay transmission for real time applications [2].

This thesis presents results for the Voice-Data performance of the Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol, selected for the FDDI network, using the NETWORK 11.5 [6] software package. This protocol can provide priority services to different types of traffic, as well as guarantee bounded delays for real-time applications. The effect of various system parameters on performance is investigated.

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