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Modular design principles for protocols with an application to the transport layer

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1 Author(s)
Shankar, A.U. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Maryland Univ., College Park, MD, USA

A method for specifying services, specifying protocols, and constructing protocol specifications by stepwise refinement of service specifications is presented. The method is based on assertional reasoning and a refinement relation between state transition systems. The method is demonstrated on the transport layer, which is used by application protocols such as electronic mail, file transfer, remote login, etc. A succession of specifications is constructed, starting from a very abstract transport service and culminating in specific transport protocols comparable to TCP and ISO TP4. Each specification offers both connection management and connection-specific data transfer. It is shown how any connection-independent data transfer protocol can be transformed to offer connection-specific data transfer service

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:79 ,  Issue: 12 )