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Title:Higher Layer Protocols for a Workstation Architecture (Networking, Operating System)
Author(s):Whaley, Alfred D.
Department / Program:Computer Science
Discipline:Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Computer Science
Abstract:This thesis presents WorkNet and the VSP (Virtual Service Protocol). WorkNet is an extension of transport layer protocols and interprocess communications mechanisms. VSP is an original presentation layer protocol. These protocols are tailored to workstations connected via a local area network. WorkNet is intended to integrate network and non-network I/O, to be flexible, and to allow connection of special purpose hardware indistinguishable from the inclusion of additional software packages. The integration of I/O makes WorkNet a reasonable basis for a message-based network operating system.
The VSP provides a structured approach for characterizing and specifying the interface to complex processing functions at the presentation layer. At this layer, distributed processing is viewed as a collection of service modules that provide distinct services. The VSP aids in disseminating these services in a uniform manner throughout the network.
VSP and WorkNet both represent protocols compatible with the seven layer ISO model, combining communications internal to the host with network protocols, and supporting multiple CPU hosts.
Issue Date:1984
Description:221 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8422174
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1984

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