Requirements for the Protocol Laboratory and Test Facility.
Interim technical rept.
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As part of a general program promoting controlled development and introduction of new DoD protocols, a Protocol Laboratory is to be built by the Defense Communications Engineering Center. The laboratory will be used in essentially three ways 1. as a general tool supporting basic research in protocol engineering issues, 2. as a protocol development facility for the specification, validation, and testing of new protocols prior to their designation as a DoD standard, and 3. as a central certification site for acceptance testing of non-laboratory protocol implementations, supporting DCAs global i.e. multi-site configuration control of network software. This document specifies requirements for the fully developed laboratory, including an interactive development environment for protocol specifications, validation tools, and an implementation testbed. No attempt has been made here to describe a realistic implementation schedule. However, interdependence of laboratory components, alternative approaches and their relative technical feasibility are discussed whenever appropriate.
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