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This paper suggests a system-level architecture for the Advanced Communications Package (ACP). The architecture presented here employs the lessons of the Internet architecture and leverages the Internet protocols to create a network-centric, system-level architecture for the ACP. This high-level architecture is developed by partitioning the required functionality into subsystems, defining interfaces between those subsystems, and assigning the subsystems to hardware platforms. Following that, several fundamental design issues are highlighted, and potential solutions to these challenges are outlined. The resulting system-level architecture should stimulate thought and discussion about the design of the ACP, and may provide a foundation for future ACP design and implementation efforts.
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