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Packet-Oriented Communication using a Stream Protocol or Making TCP/IP on Berkley Unix a Little More Pleasant to Use

Published

Author(s)

Don E. Libes

Abstract

The only DoD protocols supporting the Transport Layer in the ISO Model are UDP and TCP. UDP is packet-oriented which TCP is stream-oriented. It is often useful to mix characteristics of both. This paper describes a software package that simulates the useful properties of UDP while using TCP. Also included are some functions of easier establishment of connections than by using TCP/IP primitives. In addition some observations gained during the experience of implementing this on a 4.2BSD UNIX system are described.
Citation
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 4232
Report Number
4232

Keywords

packet-oriented, programs, protocols, software, TCP/IP, UNIX

Citation

Libes, D. (1990), Packet-Oriented Communication using a Stream Protocol or Making TCP/IP on Berkley Unix a Little More Pleasant to Use, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=821309 (Accessed May 29, 2023)
Created June 1, 1990, Updated October 16, 2008