Packet over SONET

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Synchronous optical networking (SONET) is a physical layer protocol for transmitting multiple digital bit streams over optical fiber links that form the backbone of the communication networks. Packet-over-SONET (POS) is a standard that maps IP packets into SONET frames. To implement this mechanism, Point – to – Point Protocol (PPP) runs on IP routers. Point – to – Point Protocol (PPP) is a data link layer protocol that is used to transmit data between two directly connected (point-to-point) computers. It is a byte-oriented protocol that is widely used in broadband communications having heavy loads and high speeds.

The following diagram shows the protocol stack of Packet over SONET (POS) −

Features provides by PPP in POS

  • Framing − It encapsulates the datagram in a frame so that it can be transmitted over the specified physical layer. It delineates the beginning and end of the frames and provides for error detection.

  • Link Control Protocol (LCP) − It is responsible for establishing, configuring, testing, maintaining and terminating links for transmission. It also imparts negotiation for set up of options and use of features by the two endpoints of the links.

  • Network Control Protocols (NCPs) − These protocols are used for negotiating the parameters and facilities for the network layer. For every higher-layer protocol supported by PPP, one NCP is there.

Application of POS

  • For sending a large amount of network traffic over the Internet.

  • For transmitting IP packets over Wide Area Networks (WANs).

  • In resilient packet ring (RPR) standard.

Published on 29-Mar-2019 10:09:11