Accession Number : ADA184755

Title :   Network Reconstitution Protocol.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 83-May 86,

Corporate Author : SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA

Personal Author(s) : Mathis,Ames E ; Denny,Barbara ; Gilligan,Robert ; Hare,Dwight ; Reining,Rodney

PDF Url : ADA184755

Report Date : Jun 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : The potential of achieving resource-sharing by interconnecting various types of packet-switched networks led to the development of internetworking. The current proliferation of packet-switching networks, local area networks, and gateways has resulted in a large internetwork system with rich connectivity and hence potential survivability in the face of node and link failures. Unfortunately, the current DoD internetwork architecture and protocols were developed with a static environment in mind; that is, one in which hosts do not quickly relocate and networks do not quickly merge or partition. The current internetwork is concerned with topology changes bought about primarily by failures in gateways rather than substantial changes in network structure or organization; thus the potential for survivability of the internetwork system is largely unrealized. When packet-switching and internetwork technologies are applied to the real-world problems of the military services, deficiencies often become apparent. In the Strategic C3 Experiment packet-radio technology 4 offers flexibility of operation and support for mobile nodes (aircraft); however, this flexibility and mobility is not adequately supported at the internetwork level. Early in the experiments three primary deficiencies were uncovered that relate to: 1) Partitioning of network; 2) Merging of networks; and 3) Maintaining communications to network-mobile hosts.

Descriptors :   *NETWORK ANALYSIS(MANAGEMENT), *INTERFACES, *COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS, COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, ROUTING, ALGORITHMS

Subject Categories : Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE