[e2e] Switched Ethernet is Not an End-to-End System; was Protocols breaking the end-to-end argument

Detlef Bosau detlef.bosau at web.de
Wed Nov 11 11:11:50 PST 2009

Richard Bennett wrote:
> In other words: does the success of Switched Ethernet suggest that 
> it's better to think of network protocols as units of recursion than 
> as collections of statically-placed functions that operate once and 
> only once in the lifetime of a packet?
> RB

I've just had a very first glance at this discussion. (Thanks god, I 
first wrote the post by Joe....)

However, I'm a bit curious what this discussion is all about.

Many of us enjoy Switched Ethernet, me too. However, what is the very 
issue with switched Ethernet from the end to end arguments point of view?

And second: Shall switched Ethernet replace TCP/IP?

If not: What is this argument all about?

Just curious.


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