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On the Design of Application Protocols (RFC3117)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005857D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-14
Document File: 27 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. Rose: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC3117: DOI

Abstract

This memo describes the design principles for the Blocks eXtensible eXchange Protocol (BXXP). This memo provides information for the Internet community.

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Network Working Group M. Rose Request for Comments: 3117 Dover Beach Consulting, Inc. Category: Informational November 2001

On the Design of Application Protocols

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2001). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This memo describes the design principles for the Blocks eXtensible eXchange Protocol (BXXP). BXXP is a generic application protocol framework for connection-oriented, asynchronous interactions. The framework permits simultaneous and independent exchanges within the context of a single application user-identity, supporting both textual and binary messages.

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Table of Contents

1. A Problem 19 Years in the Making . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2. You can Solve Any Problem... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 3. Protocol Mechanisms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3.1 Framing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 3.2 Encoding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3.3 Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3.4 Asynchrony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 3.5 Authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 3.6 Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 3.7 Let’s Recap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 4. Protocol Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 4.1 Scalability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 4.2 Efficiency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4.3 Simplicity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4.4 Extensibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 4.5 Robustness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 5. The BXXP Framework . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 5.1 Framing and Encoding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 5.2 Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 5.3 Asynchrony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 5.4 Authentication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 5.5 Privacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 5.6 Things We Left Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 5.7 From Framework to Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 6. BXXP is now BEEP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 7. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Author’s Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

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