DoD Protocol Reference Model.
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Fundamental to the design of any computer communication system are the rules by which information is exchanged. Such rules are embodied in the protocols which must be followed if communication across a given network is to succeed. The discipline of protocol design has its own set of guiding principles for good engineering practice these principles have been found be experience to yield better network designs if followed. For example, experience has taught that if the set of protocols used within a network have a certain hierarchical structure, then the overall network will be easier to design, easier to modify, and easier to understand. Such principles have often gone unstated, but their existence and their utilization have allowed network design to move beyond the black-art stage. This document is proposed as a baseline Reference Model serving the development of standard protocols for the Department of Defense. As such, it attempts to describe the design principles which are implicit in the protocols developed under the ARPANET and Internet programs it also attempts to prescribe principles for the development of future protocols under the ongoing DoD Protocol Standardization Program managed by the Defense Communications Agency.
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