[e2e] Internet "architecture"

Detlef Bosau detlef.bosau at web.de
Fri Apr 12 11:44:56 PDT 2013

Am 12.04.2013 07:22, schrieb Jon Crowcroft:
> just before the word internet was used, some people used the terms
> catenet (for a concatenation of networks)
> and
> gateway (for something that did protocol translation)
> this was around the time of the switchover from NCP to the seperation of
> TCP and IP - however, the clarity of the simplification you describe
> about the "architecture" was not, as far as I saw at the time
> part of the deliberate choice - it is described in dave clarks 1988 sigcomm paper, but that is nearly a
> decade after that time...
Some months ago, I had a look at the original catenet paper by Vint Cerf 
and compared it to RFC 791.
To my understanding, the catenet model makes stronger assumptions to the 
network segments. In particular, to my understanding in catenet, there 
was a flow control mechanism, while RFC 791 states that there is no 
mechanism for flow control.

When I rethink the discussion about congestion control during the recent 
past, I today considered, whether it could make sense to allow for a 
flow control mechanism along L 2 again.

That's a risky thought, but I dare think it ;-)

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