Proceedings PaperMacrolan - The Design Philosophy And Trade-Offs
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Macrolan is a high performance, local area network (LAN) which was developed for use in the ICL Series 39 range of mainframe computer systems. The star-configured network provides the flexibility of a LAN for installation and reconfiguration, combined with the throughput of a dedicated point-to-point link and the advantages of an optical fibre transmission system. This paper presents the design philosophy involved with the development of the short-haul, optical fibre transmission systems incorporated in the network.