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Network Programming for Microsoft® Windows®, Second Edition by Jim Ohlund, Anthony Jones

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ATM

The Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) protocol is one of the newest protocols available that is supported by Winsock 2 on Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. ATM is usually used for high-speed networking on LANs and WANs and can be used for all types of communication, such as voice, video, and data requiring high-speed communication. In general, ATM provides guaranteed QOS using Virtual Connections (VCs) on a network. As you will see in a moment, Winsock is capable of using VCs on an ATM network through the ATM address family. An ATM network—as shown in Figure 4-1—typically comprises endpoints (or computers) that are interconnected by switches that bridge an ATM network together.

Figure 4-1. ATM network

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