Perspectives on Distributed Network Protocols: A Case for Building Blocks

  title={Perspectives on Distributed Network Protocols: A Case for Building Blocks},
  author={Eli Gafni},
  journal={MILCOM 1986 - IEEE Military Communications Conference: Communications-Computers: Teamed for the 90's},
  • Eli Gafni
  • Published 1986 in
    MILCOM 1986 - IEEE Military Communications…
Although it is common practice to design large systems by decomposition, it does not seem to be the case in the design of "small" distributed protocols, especially when the network is assumed reliable. Many such protocols share common features, yet are designed and proved as isolated cases, which makes them difficult to understand and even more difficult to validate. In this paper, a building-block approach to the design of distributed protocols is advocated. We take a few simple and rather… CONTINUE READING