[e2e] end of interest

L.Wood@surrey.ac.uk L.Wood at surrey.ac.uk
Sat May 10 02:33:57 PDT 2008


The DTN Bundle Protocol uses an obscure binary format for its
metadata blocks. If you want flexible user-definable metadata,
it really has to be text. For this reason, we proposed using HTTP
as a transport-layer-independent session layer for DTN networks:


Getting content identification via MIME (which the Bundle Protocol
doesn't do) is a bonus. Gopher is an example of a binary format
that didn't succeed against HTTP.


just another of those PhD-toting technicians.

DTN work: http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/L.Wood/dtn/

<http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/L.Wood/><L.Wood at surrey.ac.uk>

Rajesh Krishnan wrote on Sat 2008-05-10 1:02:

> Networks seem to need a critical mass of adoption, and usually an
> evolutionarily smart vector to succeed.  The DTN Bundle Protocol (or its
> successor, with metadata extension block semantics that will hopefully
> remain flexible and user-definable) might just offer an opportunity for
> acquiring a new critical mass, but only if it finds the smart vector
> (that does what Mosaic did for HTTP/HTML, and perhaps BSD for TCP/IP).
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