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ERIC Number: ED139441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Network Interconnection: Problems and Prospects. Computer Science & Technology Series.
Cotton, Ira W.
This report examines the current situation regarding the interconnection of computer networks, especially packet switched networks (PSNs). The emphasis is on idntifying the barriers to interconnection and on surveying approaches to a solution, rather than recommending any single course of action. Sufficient organizational and technical background is presented to permit an understanding and appreciation of the problem. Four major types of interconnections are then surveyed: (1) Circuit Switched Network to PSN, (2) Star Network to PSN, (3) Simple Terminal to PSN, and (4) PSN to PSN. The major barriers to interconnection, both political/legal and technical, are then outlined. The report concludes with some comments on the prospects for overcoming these barriers. An extensive bibliography, glossary with list of abbreviations, and listing of existing data communications standards relevant to interconnection are also included. (Author)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Computers, Data Processing, Information Networks, Networks, Online Systems, Standards, Telecommunications
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Standards (DOC), Washington, DC. Inst. for Computer Sciences and Technology.