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Glossary of networking terms (RFC1208)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002022D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 15 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

O.J. Jacobsen: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This glossary is adapted from "The INTEROP Pocket Glossary of Networking Terms" produced to help you understand the many terms--and in particular the myriad of acronyms--that can be encountered at the INTEROP Tutorials, Conference, and Exhibition.

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This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 8% of the total text.

Network Working Group O. Jacobsen

Request for Comments: 1208 D. Lynch

Interop, Inc.

March 1991

A Glossary of Networking Terms

Status of this Memo

This RFC is a glossary adapted from "The INTEROP Pocket Glossary of

Networking Terms" distributed at Interop '90. This memo provides

information for the Internet community. It does not specify an

Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Introduction

This glossary is adapted from "The INTEROP Pocket Glossary of

Networking Terms" produced to help you understand the many terms--and

in particular the myriad of acronyms--that can be encountered at the

INTEROP Tutorials, Conference, and Exhibition.

To keep this document reasonably small we have deliberately omitted

common computer and communications terms such as disk, modem, byte,

and VLSI. In addition, the definitions have been kept brief. We

recommend that you consult the glossaries found in the major computer

networking textbooks for more comprehensive definitions.

We also realize that producing this glossary is akin to shooting at a

moving target. The computer and communications industries are moving

very rapidly, and terms and acronyms are born every day. You are

invited to submit words which you think should be included in future

editions.

Glossary

abstract syntax: A description of a data structure that is

independent of machine-oriented structures and encodings.

ACSE: Association Control Service Element. The method used in OSI

for establishing a call between two applications. Checks the

identities and contexts of the application entities, and could apply

an authentication security check.

address mask: A bit mask used to select bits from an Internet address

for subnet addressing. The mask is 32 bits long and selects the

network portion of the Internet address and one or more bits of the

local portion. Sometimes called subnet mask.

address resolution: A means for mapping Network Layer addresses onto

media-specific addresses. See ARP.

ADMD: Administration Management Domain. An X.400 Message Handling

System public service carrier. Examples: MCImail and ATTmail in the

U.S., British Telecom Gold400mail in the U.K. The ADMDs in all

countries worldwide together provide the X.400 backbone. See PRMD.

agent: In the client-server model, the part of the system that

performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client

or server application. See NMS, DUA, MTA.

ANSI: American National Standards Institute. The U.S.

standardization body. ANSI is a member of the International

Organization for Standardization (ISO)

AOW: Asia and Oceania Workshop. One of the three regional OSI

Implementors Workshops, equivalent to OIW and EWOS.

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