Experiments with video transmission over an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) network

Rose P. Tsang, David H.C. Du, Allalaghatta Pavan

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We present end-to-end performance of digital coded video (JPEG, MPEG-1, and MPEG-2) over a local asynchronuous transfer mode (ATM) network. We discuss performance in terms of both delay (jitter) and frame loss as a function of load. The experimental data reveal that the burstiness of the variable bit-rate-coded video streams degrades the performance significantly when the hosts and the network are stressed. Our results show that traffic smoothing decreases frame loss significantly while maintaining acceptable jitter and loss bounds. We also discuss requirements for system components, such as the network interface and switch, which are necessary to support video services efficiently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-171
Number of pages15
JournalMultimedia Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1996


  • Asynchronous transfer mode (ATM)
  • Distributed multimedia systems
  • Network transport protocols
  • Traffic smoothing
  • Video transmission


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