The Acts Experiments program at the Center for Satellite and Hybrid Communication Networks
Friedman, Daniel E.
Gupta, Sonjai K.
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This paper describes experiments conducted over ACTS and the associated T1~VSAT terminal. The experiments were motivated by the commercial potential of low-cost receive-only satellite terminals that can operate in a hybrid network environment, and by the desire to demonstrate frame relay technology over satellite networks. The first experiment tested highly adaptive methods of satellite bandwidth allocation in an integrated voice- data service environment. The second involved comparison of FEC and ARQ methods of error control for satellite communication with emphasis on the advantage that a hybrid architecture provides, especially in the case of multicasts. Finally, the third experiment demonstrated hybrid access to databases through the use of Mosaic and compared the performance of internetworking protocols for interconnecting LANs via satellite. A custom unit termed Frame Relay Access Switch (FRACS) was developed by COMSAT Laboratories for these experiments; the preparation and conduct of these experiments involved a total of twenty people from the University of Maryland, the University of Colorado, and COMSAT Laboratories, from late 1992 through 1995.
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