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API Usage and Message Passing in NENA

Martin, Denis; Wippel, Hans

Abstract (englisch):
The design and specification of new network protocols that aim at solving issues of currently deployed ones is a long, tedious process. It requires Internet-wide consensus and often leads to compromises. Although stable and interoperable implementations of protocols are part of the protocol specification process, new protocols suffer from another problem: acceptance and use by application developers. In order to solve this problem, we proposed NENA, a framework that aims at a better decoupling of applications and networks. It allows to run multiple network stacks in parallel, completely transparent to applications. In addition, it provides an implementation environment suitable for component-based protocols which offers ideal conditions for protocol composition approaches. In this paper, we describe aspects of our implementation that provide the necessary abstractions for NENA's goals: a protocol and network agnostic API relieving the application programmer from networking specific decisions, and a message passing system for component-based protocols with flow control capabilities that interact with flow control mechanisms of network protocols.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Telematik (TM)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht
Jahr 2013
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1613-849X
KITopen-ID: 1000087817
Verlag KIT, Karlsruhe
Serie TeleMatics technical reports ; TM-2013-1
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