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RRSTP: A Spanning Tree Protocol for Obviating Count-to-Infinity from Switched Ethernet Networks
Syed Muhammad Atif
Pages - 17 - 36     |    Revised - 31-03-2011     |    Published - 04-04-2011
Volume - 3   Issue - 1    |    Publication Date - March / April 2011  Table of Contents
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KEYWORDS
Network Reliability, Count-to-Infinity, Network Convergence
ABSTRACT
This paper will presents a highly reliable and rapidly converging spanning tree protocol named as Reliable Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol. The need of this spanning tree protocol is felt because reliability of switched Ethernet networks is heavily dependent upon that of spanning tree protocol. But current standard spanning tree protocol – Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol – is well known for its susceptibility to classical count-to-infinity problem. Because of this problem the protocol has extremely variable and unexpectedly high convergence time even in small networks. As a result network wide congestion, frame loss and frame delay may occur. Even forwarding loops may be induced into the network under certain circumstances. It is expected that the new protocol – RRSTP – will significantly increase the dependability of switched Ethernet networks by providing guaranteed protection against the count-to-infinity problem.
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Mr. Syed Muhammad Atif
Mega In - Pakistan
syed.muhammad.atif@gmail.com