February 26, 1997

ATM: Connection-Oriented Switching

Question: What does it mean that ATM switching is connection-oriented, and what are the benefits of this? Answer: ATM, or Asynchronous Transfer Mode, through its connection-oriented protocol, offers a level of scaleablebandwidth, high speed performance and Quality of Service (QoS). ATM isvery well suited for some of tomorrow’s bandwidth-hungry applications