Accession Number:

ADA196319

Title:

A Meta-Protocol Architecture for Connecting Computer Networks

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

87.0

Abstract:

Accompanying the proliferation of computer networks has been a movement to connect them into cooperating internets. However, when attempting to so, the different protocols used to satisfy these once isolated networks are found to incompatible. Due to its reliable nature, the transport layer from ISOs OSI Reference Model is chosen as the point of attachment for subnets and internet gateways. In this role, it is expected to supply traditional transport and inherited services. A meta-protocol architecture is proposed to relay these services from one subnet to the next, until internet messages arrive at their destination. The architecture is based upon each subnet providing two conversion routines -- one from the subnet protocol to the meta-protocol, the other, back to its own protocol. A simulated internet, demonstrating the capabilities of the meta-protocol approach, is described. Keywords Theses, Information exchange.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE