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The Demand Priority MAC Protocol

Watson, Greg; Albrecht, Alan; Curcio, Joe; Dove, Dan; Goody, Steve; Grinham, John; Spratt, Michael P.; Thaler, Pat

HPL-94-58

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Abstract: We present the motivation behind the development of a new 100Mbps LAN protocol that is currently being standardized as IEEE 802.12 demand priority MAC protocol. We describe the protocol in detail and explain how it provides a number of advantages over alternative protocols such as IEEE 802.3 (CSMA/CD), not the least of which is the ability to provide guaranteed services to applications.

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