ETHERNET INTERFACE SERVER
Original Publication Date: 1980-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-02
Xerox Disclosure Journal
An Ethernet Communications System, as generally configured, includes the interconnecting cable, work stations and servers. The cable is passive and signals enter and exit through transceivers which can be "tapped" anywhere along the network. Input and output from the cable can be made through a workstation. The experimental "ALTO" system is one such .workstation. The third element is the server. Servers assume that users possess substantial computational power, requiring special data formats and high level communication protocols for their operation.