[e2e] Historical question: Link layer flow control / silent discard

Joe Touch touch at isi.edu
Fri May 24 14:10:57 PDT 2013

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On 5/24/2013 8:34 AM, Detlef Bosau wrote:
> O.k., perhaps this is for all readers with grey hair (if there is still
> hair at all....) and grey beards ;-)
> When I read the original catenet work by Cerf, the Catenet employed link
> layer flow control.
> To my understanding, this was abandoned when the ARPAnet turned into the
> Internet (in 1981?). After this change, the link layer flow control was
> replaced by a "silent discard" of packets which cannot be accepted for
> delivery.
> Is this correct?
> What was the reason for this decision and have there been any
> alternative approaches?

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