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Standard Network Functional Protocol

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000081939D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Edel, TR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

There is a requirement for multiple computers of varying architectures and operating systems to communicate with each other in a heterogenous network. Because of the different hardware/software combinations, certain conventions must be observed to facilitate interconnection. Any two nodes, regardless of their internal architectures (hardware and software), may communicate with each other if they obey these conventions.

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Standard Network Functional Protocol

There is a requirement for multiple computers of varying architectures and operating systems to communicate with each other in a heterogenous network. Because of the different hardware/software combinations, certain conventions must be observed to facilitate interconnection. Any two nodes, regardless of their internal architectures (hardware and software), may communicate with each other if they obey these conventions.

This description expands the utilization of a heterogenous network of intelligent nodes, by reducing the time and cost defining functional interfaces in the network. If a minicomputer attaches to a large computer the programmer must write programs in both the minicomputer and large computer, in order to achieve communications between them. This description defines a means of establishing a set of functions with a functional protocol, thereby allowing functional requests from one node to another. Thus if this protocol is supported in a large computer, then any other node of dissimilar architecture may request function in the large computer without the necessity of writing an application program in the host. An example of this feature is a network of a host node, connected to multiple sensor based minicomputers of varying architectures.

If the set of functions that are used includes data base capabilities such as GET/PUT, and if those functions are provided in the host, then any of the attached minicomputers may a...