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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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Chapter 47. TCP BASIC OPERATION: CONNECTION ESTABLISHMENT, MANAGEMENT, AND TERMINATION

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While I have described the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) as connection-oriented, this term isn't just any old characteristic of TCP. The overall operation of the entire protocol can be described in terms of how TCP software prepares, negotiates, establishes, manages, and terminates connections. TCP implementations certainly do more than handle connections, but the other major tasks they perform, such as data handling and providing reliability and flow control, can occur only over a stable connection. This stability makes connections the logical place to ...

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