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A&B bit signaling

Procedure used in T1 transmission facilities in which each of the 24 T1 subchannels devotes 1 bit of every sixth frame to the carrying of supervisory signaling information. Also called 24th channel signaling.


authentication, authorization, and accounting. Pronounced "triple a."


ATM adaptation layer. Service-dependent sublayer of the data link layer. The AAL accepts data from different applications and presents it to the ATM layer in the form of 48-byte ATM payload segments. AALs consist of two sublayers: CS and SAR. AALs differ on the basis of the source-destination timing used, whether they use CBR or VBR, and whether they are used for connection-oriented or connectionless mode data transfer. At present, the four types of AAL recommended by the ITU-T are AAL1, AAL2, AAL3/4, and AAL5. See also AAL1, AAL2, AAL3/4, AAL5, ATM, ATM layer, CS, and SAR.


ATM adaptation layer. One of four AALs recommended by the ITU-T. AAL1 is used for connection-oriented, delay-sensitive services requiring constant bit rates, such as uncompressed video and other isochronous traffic. See also AAL.


ATM adaptation layer 2. One of four AALs recommended by the ITU-T. AAL2 is used for connection-oriented services that support a variable bit rate, such as some isochronous video and voice traffic. See also AAL.


ATM adaptation layer 3/4. One of four AALs (merged from two initially distinct adaptation layers) recommended by the ITU-T. AAL3/4 supports both connectionless and connection-oriented links, but is primarily used for the transmission of SMDS packets over ATM networks. See also AAL.


ATM adaptation layer 5. One of four AALs recommended by the ITU-T. AAL5 supports connection-oriented VBR services and is used predominantly for the transfer of classical IP over ATM and LANE traffic. AAL5 uses SEAL and is the least complex of the current AAL recommendations. It offers low bandwidth overhead and simpler processing requirements in exchange for reduced bandwidth capacity and error-recovery capability. See also AAL and SEAL.


AppleTalk Address Resolution Protocol. Protocol in the AppleTalk protocol stack that maps a data-link address to a network address.

AARP probe packets

Packets transmitted by AARP that determine if a randomly selected node ID is being used by another node in a nonextended AppleTalk network. If the node ID is not being used, the sending node uses that node ID. If the node ID is being used, the sending node chooses a different ID and sends more AARP probe packets. See also AARP.

ABCD signaling

4-bit telephony line signaling coding in which each letter represents 1 of the 4 bits. This is often associated with CAS or robbed-bit signaling on a T1 or E1 telephony trunk.


Asynchronous Balanced Mode. HDLC (and derivative protocol) communication mode supporting peer-oriented, point-to-point communications between two stations, where either station can initiate transmission.


1. available bit rate. QoS class defined by the ATM Forum for ATM networks. ABR is used for connections that do not require timing relationships between source and destination. ABR provides no guarantees in terms of cell loss or delay, providing only best-effort service. Traffic sources adjust their transmission rate in response to information they receive describing the status of the network and its capability to successfully deliver data. Compare with CBR, UBR, and VBR.

2. area border router. Router located on the border of one or more OSPF areas that connects those areas to the backbone network. ABRs are considered members of both the OSPF backbone and the attached areas. They therefore maintain routing tables describing both the backbone topology and the topology of the other areas.

Abstract Syntax Notation One

See ASN.1.

access device

Hardware component used in your signaling controller system: access server or mux.

access list

List kept by routers to control access to or from the router for a number of services (for example, to prevent packets with a certain IP address from leaving a particular interface on the router).

access method

1. Generally, the way in which network devices access the network medium.

2. Software within an SNA processor that controls the flow of information through a network.

access server

Communications processor that connects asynchronous devices to a LAN or WAN through network and terminal emulation software. Performs both synchronous and asynchronous routing of supported protocols. Sometimes called a network access server. See also communication server.

access unit

See AU.

accounting management

One of five categories of network management defined by ISO for management of OSI networks. Accounting management subsystems are responsible for collecting network data relating to resource usage. See also configuration management, fault management, performance management, and security management.


automatic call distribution. Device or service that automatically reroutes calls to customers in geographically distributed locations served by the same CO. See also CO.


algebraic code excited linear prediction.


Advanced Communications Function. A group of SNA products that provides distributed processing and resource sharing. See also ACF/NCP.


Advanced Communications Function/Network Control Program. The primary SNA NCP. ACF/NCP resides in the communications controller and interfaces with the SNA access method in the host processor to control network communications. See also ACF and NCP.


See acknowledgment.


Notification sent from one network device to another to acknowledge that some event (for example, receipt of a message) occurred. Sometimes abbreviated ACK. Compare to NAK.


Term used in G.165, "General Characteristics of International Telephone Connections and International Telephone Circuits: Echo Cancellers." ACOM is the combined loss achieved by the echo canceller, which is the sum of the echo return loss, echo return loss enhancement, and nonlinear processing loss for the call.


allowed cell rate. Parameter defined by the ATM Forum for ATM traffic management. ACR varies between the MCR and the PCR, and is dynamically controlled using congestion control mechanisms. See also MCR and PCR.


association control service element. OSI convention used to establish, maintain, or terminate a connection between two applications.

active hub

Multiported device that amplifies LAN transmission signals.

active monitor

Device responsible for managing a Token Ring. A network node is selected to be the active monitor if it has the highest MAC address on the ring. The active monitor is responsible for such management tasks as ensuring that tokens are not lost, or that frames do not circulate indefinitely. See also ring monitor and standby monitor.


Microsoft's Windows-specific non-Java technique for writing applets. ActiveX applets take considerably longer to download than the equivalent Java applets; however, they more fully exploit the features of Windows 95. ActiveX is sometimes said to be a superset of Java. See also applet, Java.


administrative domain. Group of hosts, routers, and networks operated and managed by a single organization.


See NIC.

adaptive differential pulse code modulation


adaptive routing

See dynamic routing.


Advanced Data Communications Control Protocol. ANSI standard bit-oriented data link control protocol.


Data structure or logical convention used to identify a unique entity, such as a particular process or network device.

addressed call mode

Mode that permits control signals and commands to establish and terminate calls in V.25bis. See also V.25bis.

address mapping

Technique that allows different protocols to interoperate by translating addresses from one format to another. For example, when routing IP over X.25, the IP addresses must be mapped to the X.25 addresses so that the IP packets can be transmitted by the X.25 network. See also address resolution.

address mask

Bit combination used to describe which portion of an address refers to the network or subnet and which part refers to the host. Sometimes referred to simply as mask. See also subnet mask.

address resolution

Generally, a method for resolving differences between computer addressing schemes. Address resolution usually specifies a method for mapping network layer (Layer 3) addresses to data link layer (Layer 2) addresses. See also address mapping.

Address Resolution Protocol

See ARP.

address translation gateway

See ATG (address translation gateway) in the "Cisco Systems Terms and Acronyms" section.


Relationship formed between selected neighboring routers and end nodes for the purpose of exchanging routing information. Adjacency is based upon the use of a common media segment.

adjacent nodes

1. In SNA, nodes that are connected to a given node with no intervening nodes.

2. In DECnet and OSI, nodes that share a common network segment (in Ethernet, FDDI, or Token Ring networks).


Add Drop Multiplexer. In OSS, a multiplexer that allows a signal to be added into or dropped out of a SONET span. See also SONET.


Administration Management Domain. X.400 Message Handling System public carrier. The ADMDs in all countries worldwide together provide the X.400 backbone. See also PRMD.

administrative distance

Rating of the trustworthiness of a routing information source. Administrative distance is often expressed as a numerical value between 0 and 255. The higher the value, the lower the trustworthiness rating.

Administrative Domain

See AD.

administrative weight

See AW and PTSP.

admission control

See traffic policing.


adaptive differential pulse code modulation. Process by which analog voice samples are encoded into high-quality digital signals.


asymmetric digital subscriber line. One of four DSL technologies. ADSL is designed to deliver more bandwidth downstream (from the central office to the customer site) than upstream. Downstream rates range from 1.5 to 9 Mbps, while upstream bandwidth ranges from 16 to 640 kbps. ADSL transmissions work at distances up to 18,000 feet (5,488 meters) over a single copper twisted pair. See also HDSL, SDSL, and VDSL.


ATM DSU. Terminal adapter used to access an ATM network via an HSSI-compatible device. See also DSU.

Advanced Communications Function

See ACF.

Advanced Communications Function/Network Control Program


Advanced CoS Management

advanced class-of-service management. Essential for delivering the required QoS to all applications. Cisco switches contain per-VC queuing, per-VC rate scheduling, multiple CoS queuing, and egress queuing. This enables network managers to refine connections to meet specific application needs. Formerly called FairShare and OptiClass.

Advanced Data Communications Control Protocol


Advanced Intelligent Network

See AIN.

Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking


Advanced Program-to-Program Communication


Advanced Research Projects Agency


Advanced Research Projects Agency Network



Router process in which routing or service updates are sent at specified intervals so that other routers on the network can maintain lists of usable routes.


AppleTalk Echo Protocol. Used to test connectivity between two AppleTalk nodes. One node sends a packet to another node and receives a duplicate, or echo, of that packet.


authority and format identifier. Portion of an NSAP-format ATM address that identifies the type and format of the IDI portion of an ATM address. See also IDI and NSAP.


AppleTalk Filing Protocol. Presentation-layer protocol that allows users to share data files and application programs that reside on a file server. AFP supports AppleShare and Mac OS File Sharing.


1. Generally, software that processes queries and returns replies on behalf of an application.

2. In NMSs, process that resides in all managed devices and reports the values of specified variables to management stations.


Advanced Intelligent Network. In SS7, an expanded set of network services made available to the user, and under user control, that requires improvement in network switch architecture, signaling capabilities, and peripherals. See also SS7.


Asynchronous input/output.


See AIP (ATM Interface Processor) in the "Cisco Systems Terms and Acronyms" section.


alarm indication signal. In a T1 transmission, an all-ones signal transmitted in lieu of the normal signal to maintain transmission continuity and to indicate to the receiving terminal that there is a transmission fault that is located either at, or upstream from, the transmitting terminal. See also T1.


SNMP message notifying an operator or administrator of a network problem. See also event and trap.

alarm indication signal

See AIS.


ITU-T companding standard used in the conversion between analog and digital signals in PCM systems. A-law is used primarily in European telephone networks and is similar to the North American mu-law standard. See also companding and mu-law.


Well-defined rule or process for arriving at a solution to a problem. In networking, algorithms are commonly used to determine the best route for traffic from a particular source to a particular destination.


See entity.

alignment error

In IEEE 802.3 networks, an error that occurs when the total number of bits of a received frame is not divisible by eight. Alignment errors are usually caused by frame damage due to collisions.


SS7 access link. Dedicated SS7 signaling link not physically associated with any particular link carrying traffic.

allowed cell rate


all-rings explorer packet

See all-routes explorer packet.

all-routes explorer packet

Explorer packet that traverses an entire SRB network, following all possible paths to a specific destination. Sometimes called all-rings explorer packet. See also explorer packet, local explorer packet, and spanning explorer packet.

ALO transaction

ATP transaction in which the request is repeated until a response is received by the requester or until a maximum retry count is reached. This recovery mechanism ensures that the transaction request is executed at least once. See also ATP.

alternate mark inversion

See AMI.


amplitude modulation. Modulation technique whereby information is conveyed through the amplitude of the carrier signal. Compare with FM and PAM. See also modulation.


Automatic Messaging Accounting. In OSS, the automatic collection, recording, and processing of information relating to calls for billing purposes.


AMA Data Networking System. In OSS, the next generation (formerly Bellcore) system for the collection and transport of AMA data from central office switches to a billing system. See also AMA.


AMA Teleprocessing System. In OSS, the Bellcore legacy system for collecting and transporting AMA data from central office switches to a billing system. The AMATPS consists of an AMA transmitter and a collector. See also AMA.

American National Standards Institute

See ANP.

American Standard Code for Information Interchange



alternate mark inversion. Line-code type used on T1 and E1 circuits. In AMI, zeros are represented by 01 during each bit cell, and ones are represented by 11 or 00, alternately, during each bit cell. AMI requires that the sending device maintain ones density. Ones density is not maintained independently of the data stream. Sometimes called binary coded alternate mark inversion. Compare with B8ZS. See also ones density.


Maximum value of an analog or a digital waveform.

amplitude modulation

See AM.

analog transmission

Signal transmission over wires or through the air in which information is conveyed through the variation of some combination of signal amplitude, frequency, and phase.


automatic number identification. SS7 (signaling system 7) feature in which a series of digits, either analog or digital, are included in the call, identifying the telephone number of the calling device. In other words, ANI identifies the number of the calling party.

anonymous FTP

Allows a user to retrieve documents, files, programs, and other archived data from anywhere on the Internet without having to establish a userid and password. By using the special userid of anonymous, the network user will bypass local security checks and will have access to publicly accessible files on the remote system. See FTP.


automatic numbering plan.


American National Standards Institute. Voluntary organization composed of corporate, government, and other members that coordinates standards-related activities, approves U.S. national standards, and develops positions for the United States in international standards organizations. ANSI helps develop international and U.S. standards relating to, among other things, communications and networking. ANSI is a member of the IEC and the ISO. See also IEC and ISO.


See X3T9.5.


In ATM, an address that can be shared by multiple end systems. An anycast address can be used to route a request to a node that provides a particular service.


Asia and Oceania Workshop. One of the three regional OSI Implementors Workshops. See also EWOS.


See APaRT (Automated Packet Recognition/Translation) in the "Cisco Systems Terms and Acronyms" section.


adjacent point code. The point code of the next hop in the system for the bearer channels; usually it is the STP (signal transfer point).


Application Programming Interface. Specification of function-call conventions that defines an interface to a service.


Asia Pacific Network Information Center. Nonprofit Internet registry organization for the Asia Pacific region. The other Internet registries are currently IANA, RIPE NCC and InterNIC.

Apollo Domain

Proprietary network protocol suite developed by Apollo Computer for communication on proprietary Apollo networks.


Advanced Program-to-Program Communication. IBM SNA system software that allows high-speed communication between programs on different computers in a distributed computing environment. APPC establishes and tears down connections between communicating programs. It consists of two interfaces: programming and data-exchange. The programming interface replies to requests from programs requiring communication; the data-exchange interface establishes sessions between programs. APPC runs on LU 6.2 devices. See also LU 6.2.


Small program, often used in the context of a Java-based program, that is compiled and embedded in an HTML page. See ActiveX and Java.


Series of communications protocols designed by Apple Computer consisting of two phases. Phase 1, the earlier version, supports a single physical network that can have only one network number and be in one zone. Phase 2, supports multiple logical networks on a single physical network and allows networks to be in more than one zone. See also zone.

AppleTalk Address Resolution Protocol


AppleTalk Filing Protocol

See AFP.

AppleTalk Echo Protocol

See AEP.

AppleTalk Remote Access

See ARA.

AppleTalk Session Protocol

See ASP.

AppleTalk Transaction Protocol

See ATP.

AppleTalk Update-Based Routing Protocol


AppleTalk zone

See zone.


Program that performs a function directly for a user. FTP and Telnet clients are examples of network applications.

application layer

Layer 7 of the OSI reference model. This layer provides services to application processes (such as e-mail, file transfer, and terminal emulation) that are outside of the OSI model. The application layer identifies and establishes the availability of intended communication partners (and the resources required to connect with them), synchronizes cooperating applications, and establishes agreement on procedures for error recovery and control of data integrity. Corresponds roughly with the transaction services layer in the SNA model. See also data-link layer, network layer, physical layer, PQ, session layer, and transport layer.

application programming interface

See API.


Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking. Enhancement to the original IBM SNA architecture. APPN handles session establishment between peer nodes, dynamic transparent route calculation, and traffic prioritization for APPC traffic. Compare with APPN+. See also APPC.


Next-generation APPN that replaces the label-swapping routing algorithm with source routing. Also called high-performance routing. See also APPN.


automatic protection switching. SONET switching mechanism that routes traffic from working lines to protect them in case of a line card failure or fiber cut.


AppleTalk Remote Access. Protocol that provides Macintosh users direct access to information and resources at a remote AppleTalk site.


System that provides lists of anonymous FTP archives. See Gopher, WAIS, and World Wide Web.


Attached Resource Computer Network. 2.5-Mbps token-bus LAN developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Datapoint Corporation.


Logical set of network segments (CLNS-, DECnet-, or OSPF-based) and their attached devices. Areas are usually connected to other areas via routers, making up a single autonomous system. See also autonomous system.

area border router

See ABR.


American Registry for Internet Numbers. Nonprofit organization established for the purpose of administrating and registrating IP numbers to the geographical areas currently managed by Network Solutions (InterNIC). Those areas include, but are not limited to, North America, South America, South Africa, and the Caribbean.


asynchronous response mode. HDLC communication mode involving one primary station and at least one secondary station, where either the primary or one of the secondary stations can initiate transmissions. See also primary station and secondary station.


Address Resolution Protocol. Internet protocol used to map an IP address to a MAC address. Defined in RFC 826. Compare with RARP. See also proxy ARP.


Advanced Research Projects Agency. Research and development organization that is part of DoD. ARPA is responsible for numerous technological advances in communications and networking. ARPA evolved into DARPA, and then back into ARPA again (in 1994). See also DARPA.


Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. Landmark packet-switching network established in 1969. ARPANET was developed in the 1970s by BBN and funded by ARPA (and later DARPA). It eventually evolved into the Internet. The term ARPANET was officially retired in 1990. See also ARPA, BBN, DARPA, and Internet.


automatic repeat request. Communication technique in which the receiving device detects errors and requests retransmissions.


alarm relay unit.


See autonomous system.


ATM subscriber access multiplexer. A telephone central office multiplexer that supports SDL ports over a wide range of network interfaces. An ASAM sends and receives subscriber data (often Internet services) over existing copper telephone lines, concentrating all traffic onto a single high-speed trunk for transport to the Internet or the enterprise intranet. This device is similar to a DSLAM (different manufacturers use different terms for similar devices).


autonomous system boundary router. ABR located between an OSPF autonomous system and a non-OSPF network. ASBRs run both OSPF and another routing protocol, such as RIP. ASBRs must reside in a nonstub OSPF area. See also ABR, non-stub area, and OSPF.


American Standard Code for Information Interchange. 8-bit code for character representation (7 bits plus parity).


agent-set control unit.


ATM Service Interface.


auxiliary signal network.


Abstract Syntax Notation One. OSI language for describing data types independent of particular computer structures and representation techniques. Described by ISO International Standard 8824. See also BER, basic encoding rules.


1. AppleTalk Session Protocol. Protocol that uses ATP to provide session establishment, maintenance, and teardown, as well as request sequencing. See also ATP.

2. Telecommunications: Auxiliary signal path. Link between TransPaths that allows them to exchange signaling information that is incompatible with the PSTN backbone network; used to provide feature transparency.

assigned numbers

RFC [STD2] documents the currently assigned values from several series of numbers used in network protocol implementations. This RFC is updated periodically, and current information can be obtained from the IANA. If you are developing a protocol or application that will require the use of a link, socket, port, protocol, and so forth, contact the IANA to receive a number assignment. See IANA and STD.

association control service element


associative memory

Memory that is accessed based on its contents, not on its memory address. Sometimes called content addressable memory (CAM).


automatic spanning tree. Function that supports the automatic resolution of spanning trees in SRB networks, providing a single path for spanning explorer frames to traverse from a given node in the network to another. AST is based on the IEEE 802.1 standard. See IEEE 802.1 and SRB.


Advanced Software Technology and Algorithms. Component of the HPCC program intended to develop software and algorithms for implementation on high-performance computer and communications systems. See also HPCC.


Subset of tty.

Asynchronous Balanced Mode

See ABM.

asynchronous response mode

See ARM.

asynchronous time-division multiplexing


Asynchronous Transfer Mode

See ATM.

asynchronous transmission

Term describing digital signals that are transmitted without precise clocking. Such signals generally have different frequencies and phase relationships. Asynchronous transmissions usually encapsulate individual characters in control bits (called start and stop bits) that designate the beginning and end of each character. Compare with isochronous transmission, plesiochronous transmission, and synchronous transmission.


AppleTalk Control Protocol. Protocol that establishes and configures AppleTalk over PPP, as defined in RFC 1378. See also PPP.


asynchronous time-division multiplexing. Method of sending information that resembles normal TDM, except that time slots are allocated as needed rather than preassigned to specific transmitters. Compare with FDM, statistical multiplexing, and TDM.


See ATG (address translation gateway) in the "Cisco Systems Terms and Acronyms" section.


attention hangup.

at-least-once transaction

See ALO transaction.


Asynchronous Transfer Mode. International standard for cell relay in which multiple service types (such as voice, video, or data) are conveyed in fixed-length (53-byte) cells. Fixed-length cells allow cell processing to occur in hardware, thereby reducing transit delays. ATM is designed to take advantage of high-speed transmission media such as E3, SONET, and T3.

ATM adaptation layer

See AAL.

ATM adaptation layer 1

See AAL1.

ATM adaptation layer 2

See AAL2.

ATM adaptation layer 3/4

See AAL3/4.

ATM adaptation layer 5

See AAL5.

ATM ARP server

Device that provides address-resolution services to LISs when running classical IP over ATM. See also LIS.

ATM data service unit


ATM endpoint

Point in an ATM network where an ATM connection is initiated or terminated. ATM endpoints include ATM-attached workstations, ATM-attached servers, ATM-to-LAN switches, and ATM routers.

ATM Forum

International organization jointly founded in 1991 by Cisco Systems, NET/ADAPTIVE, Northern Telecom, and Sprint that develops and promotes standards-based implementation agreements for ATM technology. The ATM Forum expands on official standards developed by ANSI and ITU-T, and develops implementation agreements in advance of official standards.

ATM interface processor

See AIS.

ATM layer

Service-independent sublayer of the data link layer in an ATM network. The ATM layer receives the 48-byte payload segments from the AAL and attaches a 5-byte header to each, producing standard 53-byte ATM cells. These cells are passed to the physical layer for transmission across the physical medium. See also AAL.


ATM management. Process that runs on an ATM switch that controls VCI translation and rate enforcement. See also ATM and VCD.

ATM management


ATM network

See ATM network in the "Cisco Systems Terms and Acronyms" section.


See ATM network interface card in the "Cisco Systems Terms and Acronyms" section.

ATM service interface.



See UNI.

ATM user-user connection

Connection created by the ATM layer to provide communication between two or more ATM service users, such as ATMM processes. Such communication can be unidirectional, using one VCC, or bidirectional, using two VCCs. See also ATM layer, ATMM, and VCC.


AppleTalk Transaction Protocol. Transport-level protocol that provides a loss-free transaction service between sockets. The service allows exchanges between two socket clients in which one client requests the other to perform a particular task and to report the results. ATP binds the request and response together to ensure the reliable exchange of request-response pairs.

Attached Resource Computer Network

See ARCnet.

attachment unit interface

See AUI.


Loss of communication signal energy.


Form of information items provided by the X.500 Directory Service. The directory information base consists of entries, each containing one or more attributes. Each attribute consists of a type identifier together with one or more values.


access unit. Device that provides ISDN access to PSNs. See also PSN.


attachment unit interface. IEEE 802.3 interface between an MAU and a NIC. The term AUI can also refer to the rear panel port to which an AUI cable might attach. Also called transceiver cable. See also IEEE 802.3, MAU, and NIC.


acceptable use policy. Many transit networks have policies that restrict the use to which the network can be put. Enforcement of AUPs varies with the network.


AppleTalk Update-Based Routing Protocol. Method of encapsulating AppleTalk traffic in the header of a foreign protocol, allowing the connection of two or more discontiguous AppleTalk internetworks through a foreign network (such as TCP/IP) to form an AppleTalk WAN. This connection is called an AURP tunnel. In addition to its encapsulation function, AURP maintains routing tables for the entire AppleTalk WAN by exchanging routing information between exterior routers. See also AURP tunnel and exterior router.

AURP tunnel

Connection created in an AURP WAN that functions as a single, virtual data link between AppleTalk internetworks physically separated by a foreign network (a TCP/IP network, for example). See also AURP.


ATM user service module.


In security, the verification of the identity of a person or process.

authority zone

Associated with DNS, an authority zone is a section of the domain-name tree for which one name server is the authority. See also DNS.

Automated Packet Recognition/Translation

See APaRT in the "Cisco Systems Terms and Acronyms" section.

automatic call distribution

See ACD.

automatic call reconnect

Feature permitting automatic call rerouting away from a failed trunk line.

automatic protection switching

See APS.

automatic repeat request

See ARQ.

Automatic Routing Management

Formerly AutoRoute. Connection-oriented mechanism used in Cisco WAN switches to provide connectivity across the network. Switches perform a connection admission control (CAC) function on all types of connections in the network. Distributed network intelligence enables the CAC function to automatically route and reroute connections over optimal paths, while guaranteeing the required QoS.

automatic spanning tree

See AST.

autonomous confederation

Group of autonomous systems that rely on their own network reachability and routing information more than they rely on that received from other autonomous systems or confederations.

autonomous switching

See autonomous switching in the "Cisco Systems Terms and Acronyms" section.

autonomous system

Collection of networks under a common administration sharing a common routing strategy. Autonomous systems are subdivided by areas. An autonomous system must be assigned a unique 16-bit number by the IANA. Sometimes abbreviated as AS. See also area and IANA.

autonomous system boundary router



Process performed by nodes within the failure domain of a Token Ring network. Nodes automatically perform diagnostics in an attempt to reconfigure the network around the failed areas. See also failure domain.

available bit rate

See ABR.

average rate

Average rate, in kilobits per second (kbps), at which a given virtual circuit will transmit


ATM voice multiplexer.


administrative weight. Value set by the network administrator to indicate the desirability of a network link. One of four link metrics exchanged by PTSPs to determine the available resources of an ATM network.

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