Abstract: Novel traffic management schemes of a telecommunications network using the concept of virtual links is disclosed. As an example, if a switch connects via a high bandwidth link to an access mux that drives lower bandwidth links. The mux is a potential congestion point in the downstream direction (from high to low bandwidth links) because traffic can arrive at a greater rate over the high bandwidth link than it can exit through the lower bandwidth link. If all of the traffic destined for a particular low bandwidth link can be organized into a unique virtual link. This virtual link can be scheduled at a maximum rate not exceeding the bandwidth of the low bandwidth link, thus preventing the mux from ever becoming a congestion point. Therefore, the amount of mux buffering can be reduced to a very small amount (for jitter absorption). One advantage of this scheme in this example is potentially large cost reductions in the high volume access mux at the lesser expense of a more complex low volume switch.
October 30, 1997
Date of Patent:
January 2, 2001
Nortel Networks Limited
Todd Douglas Morris, Norman Allan Lyon, David Anthony Fisher, Alan Frank Graves