Networking

A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication

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Executive Summary

A protocol that supports the sharing of resources that exist in different packet switching networks is presented. The protocol provides for variation in individual network packet sizes, transmission failures, sequencing, flow control, end-to-end error checking, and the creation and destruction of logical process-to-process connections. Some implementation issues are considered, and problems such as internetwork routing, accounting, and timeouts are exposed. In the last few years considerable effort has been expended on the design and implementation of packet switching networks.

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