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IP Over Asynchronous Transfer Mode (IPATM) Charter


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Description of Working Group

The IP Over Asynchronous Transfer Mode Working Group will focus on the issues involved in running internetworking protocols over Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) networks. The final goal for the working group is to produce standards for the TCP/IP protocol suite, and recommendations which could be used by other internetworking protocol standards (e.g., ISO, CLNP and IEEE 802.2 Bridging).

The working group will initially develop experimental protocols for encapsulation, multicasting, addressing, address resolution, call set up, and network management to allow the operation of internetwork protocols over an ATM network. The working group may later submit these protocols for standardization.

The working group will not develop physical layer standards for ATM. These are well covered in other standards groups and do not need to be addressed in this group.

The working group will develop models of ATM internetworking architectures. This will be used to guide the development of specific IP over ATM protocols.

The working group will also develop and maintain a list of technical unknowns that relate to internetworking over ATM. These will be used to direct future work of the working group or be submitted to other standards or research groups as appropriate.

The working group will coordinate its work with other relevant standards bodies (e.g., ANSI T1S1.5) to insure that it does not duplicate their work, and that its work meshes well with other activities in this area. The working group will select among ATM protocol options (e.g., selection of an adaptation layer) and make recommendations to the ATM standards bodies regarding the requirements for internetworking over ATM where the current ATM standards do not meet the needs of internetworking.

Goals and Milestones

None specified.

NOTE: The Internet-Draft(s) listed below may have been deleted since they are only good for six months.


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