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RE: ATM vs. DS3
From: "Murray, Steve" <murray.steve () MFSDatanet COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 97 11:41:00 PDT

Peter Kline wrote

Another way of looking at this is that we know an ATM PVC over a DS3   
PLCP  is configurable for a maximum of 96000 cells per second.  96000   
per second * 48 payload octets per cell * 8 bits per octet = 36864000   
or 36.864 Mbps, not too far from what I observed above.  With PLCP   
off, the maximum PVC config was ~105000 cells per second, yielding ~40.3   

The SAR function will add eight bytes to the payload.  The eight bytes
contain the CPCS-UU(1 bytes), CPI (1 byte), length of payload (two bytes)
and a CRC (4 bytes). This additional overhead needs to be taken into   
if you are segmenting small frames. The last cell after segmentation will   
these eight bytes at the end of the cell plus any padding needed to fill   
out the cell.

If you are segmenting a 96 byte payload for example you would think this
would actually fit into two cells (using the 48 byte payload), but it
really take three cells.  The last cell would only contain padding and   

Steve Murray

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