Technical Report CS0625

TR#:CS0625
Class:CS
Title: A MAC PROTOCOL FOR ROUTE DETERMINATION IN MULTIPLE-RING NETWORKS
Authors: R. Cohen and A. Segall
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Abstract: The issue of routing in multiple-ring networks is considered. A multiple-ring network is an extended LAN, where a number of token-rings are interconnected via bridges. Source routing is a conventional method for routing in such networks. This method requires the source station to determine a route to the destination before starting data transmission. The existing route determination protocol is extremely inefficient in terms of communication. The present paper introduces a new bridge protocol for route determination in multiple-ring network, whose main advantage is its communication efficiency: the number of frames used is the number of rings plus the number of bridges in the network, as opposed to the exponential function needed by the existing protocol.
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