Session Connection - Protocol Independent of Operating System
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
Current networks typically consist of "dumb" terminals connected to a central host computer via a smart controller. Thus, the connection protocol is host-dependent. A connection protocol is described which permits an "intelligent" workstation to connect to a host wherein both the host and the workstation are running arbitrarily different operating systems. The figure illustrates a network in which a Personal Computer (PC) acts as a generic communication server. The system operates in an environment wherein the PC 10 buffers the workstations 11 and 12 from the host 13 until the session is established. The connection protocol has no operating system dependencies. Consequently, not only may the host 13 and workstations 11 and 12 operating systems be different, but the PC server 10 operating system may be as well, e.g.