[e2e] Internet "architecture"
dhc2 at dcrocker.net
Mon Apr 15 06:38:01 PDT 2013
On 4/14/2013 11:17 PM, Jon Crowcroft wrote:
> that's pretty much how i'd use it too (having spent 30 years meeting
> people who design styles of construction of living spaces, but dont
> often actually build buildings, i'm stuck with the le courbusier, gaudi,
> foster, rogers, gehry meaning:)
> On Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM, John Day <jeanjour at comcast.net
> <mailto:jeanjour at comcast.net>> wrote:
> I basically use the dictionary definition of "a style of
> construction." The important distinction being between an
> architecture and buildings built to that architecture.
Though I'm now finding the wording painfully awkward, here's what I used
to explain the word, for the Email Architecture RFC:
An architecture specifies
how the protocols implement the service by defining the logical
components of a service and the relationships among them. From that
logical view, a service defines what is being done, an architecture
defines where the pieces are (in relation to each other), and a
protocol defines how particular capabilities are performed.
That is, I'm finding the concept useful for defining components,
structure and relationships, and mostly I try to stay away from more
abstract or conceptual views of architecture, lest discussion get lost
in labels of unclear meaning.
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