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Appendix: Sonet and ATM Protocols

  1. H. Jonathan Chao Ph.D.1 and
  2. Xiaolei Guo Ph.D.2

Published Online: 12 FEB 2002

DOI: 10.1002/

Quality of Service Control in High-Speed Networks

Quality of Service Control in High-Speed Networks

How to Cite

Chao, H. J. and Guo, X. (2001) Appendix: Sonet and ATM Protocols, in Quality of Service Control in High-Speed Networks, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA. doi: 10.1002/

Author Information

  1. 1

    Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, New York, USA

  2. 2

    INTEC Systems, Manalapan, New Jersey, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 FEB 2002
  2. Published Print: 1 NOV 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471003977

Online ISBN: 9780471224396



  • synchronous optical network (SONET);
  • asynchronous transfer mode (ATM);
  • ATM adaptation layer (AAL);
  • frame;
  • scrambling and descrambling;
  • automatic protection switching (APS);
  • cell format;
  • cell header;
  • virtual channel identifier;
  • virtual path identifier;
  • header error control (HEC);
  • cell delineation;
  • segmentation and reassembly (SAR)


The Appendix covers synchronous optical network (SONET) and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) protocols. It describes the SONET transmission frame format, definition and applications of SONET overhead bytes, ATM layer, ATM cell format, ATM cell header definition and applications, and various types of the ATM adaptation layer (AAL).