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Patterns in Network Architecture by John Day

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Chapter 6. Divining Layers

 

In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away....

 
 --Antoine de Saint Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars[1]
 

Networking is interprocess communication.

 
 --Robert Metcalfe, 1972

Introduction

In the previous chapters, we have reviewed our experience with networking systems and uncovered some of the architectural structures of protocols. Along the way, we identified invariant properties and common components. Now, we are ready to consider what these patterns tell us about assembling them into larger structures. Traditionally, we have assembled them into layers, but layers have proved problematic. Are layers even the right organizing ...

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