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Prioritizations are mechanisms with which the priority is regulated. Prioritization mechanisms are intended to prevent data loss in time-critical applications and in the event of overload, because services

are restricted as a result. The prioritization mechanism determines the order of the data packets and provides them with corresponding priority characteristics. Since data loss always occurs when networks are overloaded, the prioritization mechanism ensures that it is shifted to non-real-time applications. These mechanisms are commonly referred to as Class of Service

(CoS).Prioritization of data is regulated in various networks and protocols, such as using priority bits or priority field. IEEE and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have developed standards for the prioritization of data. The prioritization standardized by IEEE in 802.1Q takes place on the link layer and is based on an extension of the Ethernet frame. Here, eight priorities, from 0 to 7, are defined by the three priority bits and transmitted in the header

's priority field. How theswitches

implement the prioritization depends on theimplementation of the queuing

. The extensions of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), on the other hand, start in the network layer and affect the service field (ToS) and the DiffServ procedure. In the ToS procedure, the three IP precedence bits in the service field of the IP header are assigned according to priority, whereby eight priority levels are also possible. Differentiated Services (DiffServ), on the other hand, extends the number of possible priority levels to a total of 64.

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Updated at: 15.07.2005
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