[e2e] End-End Principle rant
David P. Reed
dpreed at reed.com
Thu Apr 18 06:27:03 PDT 2002
Noel - I like what you wrote a great deal. I'm putting a reference to it
on SATN.org (my blog) now that there's a place to refer to.
It captures something I have been trying to point out for a long time that
resulted from people equating the end-to-end argument with the metaphor of
a "dumb" (Gilder) or "stupid" (Isenberg) network. That metaphor is
limited to the view of the network from the customers' point of view (the
network doesn't do me "smart" favors), but is wrong when applied to the
internal view of the network (it's worth devoting lots of computation to
routing, etc. as long as that computation isn't specialized to a subset of
the possible applications).
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