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Architectural Principles of the Internet (RFC1958)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004183D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 6 page(s) / 16K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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B. Carpenter: AUTHOR

Abstract

The Internet and its architecture have grown in evolutionary fashion from modest beginnings, rather than from a Grand Plan. While this process of evolution is one of the main reasons for the technology's success, it nevertheless seems useful to record a snapshot of the current principles of the Internet architecture. This is intended for general guidance and general interest, and is in no way intended to be a formal or invariant reference model.

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Network Working Group B. Carpenter, Editor

Request for Comments: 1958 IAB

Category: Informational June 1996

Architectural Principles of the Internet

Status of This Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

The Internet and its architecture have grown in evolutionary fashion

from modest beginnings, rather than from a Grand Plan. While this

process of evolution is one of the main reasons for the technology's

success, it nevertheless seems useful to record a snapshot of the

current principles of the Internet architecture. This is intended for

general guidance and general interest, and is in no way intended to

be a formal or invariant reference model.

Table of Contents

1. Constant Change..............................................1

2. Is there an Internet Architecture?...........................2

3. General Design Issues........................................4

4. Name and address issues......................................5

5. External Issues..............................................6

6. Related to Confidentiality and Authentication................6

Acknowledgements................................................7

References......................................................7

Security Considerations.........................................8

Editor's Address................................................8

1. Constant Change

In searching for Internet architectural principles, we must remember

that technical change is continuous in the information technology

industry. The Internet reflects this. Over the 25 years since the

ARPANET started, various measures of the size of the Internet have

increased by factors between 1000 (backbone speed) and 1000000

(number of hosts). In this environment, some architectural principles

inevitably change. Principles that seemed inviolable a few years ago

are deprecated today. Principles that seem sacred today will be

deprecated tomorrow. The principle of constant change is perhaps the

only principle of the Internet that should survive indefinitely.

The purpose of this document is not, therefore, to lay down dogma

about how Internet protocols should be designed, or even about how

they should fit together. Rather, it is to convey various guidelines

that have been found useful in the past, and that may be useful to

those designing new ...