June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
8.1174.1 - 8.1174.8
Session # 1332
The Telecommunications Interoperability Laboratory
J. J. Sluss, Jr., S. V. Kartalopoulos, H. H. Refai, M.J. Riley and P. K. Verma Telecommunications Systems, College of Engineering The University of Oklahoma - Tulsa
The University of Oklahoma has developed a Telecommunications Interoperability Laboratory to enhance the educational and research experience of students in the Telecommunications Systems program. The Interoperability Lab is a collection of five interconnected technology islands: the Internet Protocol (IP), Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Optical, Wireless, and Legacy. Each island is designed as an entity in its own right, but also provides the interconnection capability with any combination of other islands to create a fully functional end-to-end networking environment. This paper describes the architecture of the Interoperability Lab, as well as how it will impact the education of our students.
The education of engineering students in the area of telecommunications systems is of growing importance as society becomes increasingly dependent on telecommunications technologies and services. Despite its beginnings from electrical engineering and the broader base of electrical sciences, telecommunications today is strongly rooted as an independent academic discipline. Although the telecommunications industry has well-equipped laboratories for its R&D, such laboratories at universities are usually lacking and often treated as incremental additions over those of the allied disciplines like electrical and computer engineering. The University of Oklahoma is one of a select group of universities that offers a graduate degree in Telecommunications Systems out of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In recognition of the need to have a well- equipped laboratory as an integral component of any engineering program, the University of Oklahoma established, in 2001, an Interoperability Laboratory to provide the best possible educational opportunities and research experience in telecommunications for our students and faculty.
The Interoperability Lab is a collection of five interconnected technology islands: the Internet Protocol (IP), Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Optical, Wireless, and Legacy. Each island is designed as an entity in its own right, but also provides the interconnection capability with any combination of other islands to create a fully functional end-to-end networking environment, as illustrated in Figure 1. Later sections of this paper address the architecture of each of the islands.
“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”
Sluss, J. (2003, June), The Telecommunications Interoperability Laboratory Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12336
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