Service-oriented Protocol Interfaces and Dynamic Intermediation of Communication Services

D. Henrici and B. Reuther (Germany)


communication systems, communication protocols,system architecture, communication software, services


Nowadays, in the Internet almost solely UDP and TCP are being used as transport protocols. The reason is not that these are better than other protocols but that they became the "common denominator" of Internet communication due to historical evolution. In this paper, a service-oriented interface between applications and transport protocols is proposed and the multitude of looming possibilities is presented. As a service-oriented interface abstracts completely from lower protocols, the use of alternative protocols and further the dynamic intermediation of communication services becomes possible transparently to applications. Since today's structures of Internet communication and the socket interface have grown over years and are thereby increasingly taken for granted, this paper will present an alternative approach applying contemporary design criteria.

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