Tele-Communication (Telecom) Terms Glossary and Dictionary
AM: Administrative Module
Administrative Module (AM) is a component of the Lucent 5ESS switch that provides the system-level interfaces required to operate, administer and maintain a 5ESS switch. The functions of the AM are: (1) performs common operations that can be done globally and economically such as resource allocation, maintenance, and control. (2) AM processor is fully duplicated to provide a highly reliable and stable system. (3) performs call-processing support functions (4) performs administrative functions, and provides software access to external data links and disk storage. (5) The call-processing functions of the AM consisted of data routing and recource allocation. Data routing involves determining the SM on which a terminating line or trunk appears and then selecting an available trunk in a trunk group to carrythe traffic. The AM allocates and releases global resources such as TMS time slots to insure efficient operation of the switch. (6) A duplicated disk memory provides mass storage for programs and data. (7) The AM is the only processor in this distributed processing architecture, that keeps an up-to-date picture of the entire system. (8) The master control center (MCC) provides the primary interface between the 5ESS equipment and the pernnel adminstering/maintaining the system.