[e2e] Research On Protocols

Xiaoming Fu fu at cs.uni-goettingen.de
Wed Mar 6 12:24:35 PST 2013

Radia Perlman's "Folklore of Protocol Design" might be of your interest, 
although not TTL-specific:



On 3/6/2013 7:39 PM, James Bensley wrote:
> Hi All,
> I believe I am posting to an appropriate list and target audience (if
> not, please point me to a more suitable mailing list or forum).
> I am conducting research for a Masters degree. I am studying the short
> comings, design oversites, or general unwanted behaviour of common
> networking protocols, that affects end users and applications that run
> over networks using these protocols (like Ethernet, MPLS, IP, UDP, TCP
> etc). An example of this would be that Ethernet has no TTL, so that is
> one good reason to have some form of spanning tree protocol on a
> network with redundant links (but spanning tree is also flawed).
> Another example; TCP has to ACK a lot, now we have Selective
> Acknowledgements which is useful for LFNs.
> Can anyone show or tell me where I might find some good research on
> common protocols? Or perhaps give me some pointers on what to look for
> my self?
> So far, the vast majority of research I pull up is about TCP
> congestion control, so I'd like to find something different if
> possible.
> Many thanks,
> James.

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