Original Publication Date: 1982-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
RFC 872 September 1982
THE MITRE CORPORATION
The sometimes-held position that the DoD Standard
Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP)
are inappropriate for use "on" a Local Area Network (LAN) is
shown to be fallacious. The paper is a companion piece to
M82-47, M82-49, M82-50, and M82-51.
M. A. Padlipsky
It is the thesis of this paper that fearing "TCP-on-a-LAN"
is a Woozle which needs slaying. To slay the "TCP-on-a-LAN"
Woozle, we need to know three things: What's a Woozle? What's a
LAN? What's a TCP?
The first is rather straightforward :
One fine winter's day when Piglet was brushing away the
snow in front of his house, he happened to look up, and
there was Winnie-the-Pooh. Pooh was walking round and round
in a circle, thinking of something else, and when Piglet
called to him, he just went on walking.
"Hallo!" said Piglet, "what are you doing?"
"Hunting," said Pooh.
"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very
"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
"That's just what I ask myself. I ask myself, What?"
"What do you think you'll answer?"
"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said
Winnie-the-Pooh. "Now look there." He pointed to the
ground in front of him. "What do you see there?
"Tracks," said Piglet, "Paw-marks." he gave a little
squeak of excitement. "Oh, Pooh! Do you think it's a--a--a
Well, they convince each other that it is a Woozle, keep
"tracking," convince each other that it's a herd of Hostile
Animals, and get duly terrified before Christopher Robin comes
along and points out that they were following their own tracks
all the long.
In other words, it is our contention that expressed fears
about the consequences of using a particular protocol named "TCP"
in a particular environment called a Local Area Net stem from