Definitions for "Permanent Virtual Circuit"
Keywords:  pvc, svc, atm, relay, dte
A PVC is a permanent channel connection between two ATM devices. PVC's allow network transmissions to be started without having to first establish a connection with the end point ATM device. When a PVC is constructed, the end points of the connection will agree upon a path in which data will travel, and therefore agree upon the route that data will travel to reach its destination.
A virtual circuit in an ATM network that is always up when the switch is up. Used for signalling and routing information.
A virtual path through a network characterized by fixed endpoints defined by the network operator at service subscription. A single physical path may support multiple PVCs and SVCs. Compare with Switched Virtual Circuit. Click here to view a diagram