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MSDTP-Message Services Data Transmission Protocol (RFC0713)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003759D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Apr-06
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 20 page(s) / 41K

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J. Haverty: AUTHOR

Abstract

Tugender, R., and D. R. Oestreicher, "Basic Functional Capabilities for a Military Message Processing Service," ISI?RR-74-23., May 1975

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Request for Comments: 713 Jack Haverty (JFH@MIT-DMS)

NIC #34739 Apr 1976

I. ABSTRACT

A mechanism is defined for use by message servers in

transferring data between hosts. The mechanism, called the

MSDTP, is defined in terms of a model of the process as a

translation between two sets of items, the abstract entities

such as 'strings' and 'integers', and the formats used to

represent such data as a byte stream.

A proposed organization of a general data transfer

mechanism is described, and the manner in which the MSDTP

would be used in that environment is presented.

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II. REFERENCES

Black, Edward H., "The DMS Message Composer", MIT Project

MAC, Programming Technology Division Document

SYS.16.02.

Burchfiel, Jerry D., Leavitt, Elsie M., Shapiro, Sonya and

Strollo, Theodore R., compilers, "Tenex Users' Guide",

Bolt Beranek and Newman, Cambridge, Mass., May 1971,

revised January 1975, Descriptive sections on the TENEX

subsystems: MAlLER, p. 116-11; MAlLSTAT, p. 118-119;

READMAIL, p. 137; and SNDMSG, p. 165-170.

Haverty, Jack, "Communications System Overview", MIT Project

MAC, Programming Technology Division Document

SYS.16.00.

Haverty, Jack, "Communications System Daemon Manual", MIT

Project MAC, Programming Technology Division Document

SYS.16.01.

ISI Information Automation Project, "Military Message

Processing System Design," Internal Project

Documentation (Out of Print), Jan. 1975

Message Services Committee, "Interim Report", Jan. 28, 1975

Mooers, Charlotte D., "Mailsys Message System: Manual For

Users", Bolt Beranek and Newman, Cambridge, Mass., June

1975 (draft).

Myer, Theodore H., "Notes On The BBN Mail System", Bolt

Beranek and Newman, November 8, 1974.

Myer, Theodore H., and Henderson, D. Austin, "Message

Transmission Protocol", Network Working Group RFC 680,

NIC 32116, April 30, 1975.

Postel, Jon, "The PCPB8 Format", NSW Proposal, June 5, 1975

Tugender, R., and D. R. Oestreicher, "Basic Functional

Capabilities for a Military Message Processing

Service," ISI?RR-74-23., May 1975

Vezza, Al, "Message Services Committee Minority Report",

Jan. 1975

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III. OVERVIEW

This document describes a mechanism developed for use

by message servers communicating over an eight-bit

byte-oriented network connection to move data structures and

associated data-typing information. It is presented here in

the hope that it may be of use to other projects which need

to transfer data structures between dissimilar hosts.

A set of abstract entities called PRIMITIVE ITEMS is

enumerated. These are intended to include traditional data

types of general utility, such as integers, strings, and

arrays.

A mechanism is defined for augmenting the set of

abstract data entities handled, to allow the introduction of

application-specific data, whose format and semantics are

understood by the application programs involved, but which

can be transmitted using common coding facilities. An

example m...