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A variety of idealized models of communication systems exist, and all may have something in common. Starting with Shannon's communication model and ending with the OSI model, this paper presents progressively more advanced forms of modeling of communication systems by tying communication models together based on the notion of flow. The basic communication process is divided into different spheres (sources, channels, and destinations), each with its own five interior stages: receiving, processing, creating, releasing, and transferring of information. The flow of information is ontologically distinguished from the flow of physical signals; accordingly, Shannon's model, network-based OSI models, and TCP/IP are redesigned.
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