Connecting DECnet routers over IP

David C. Plummer (DCP@QUABBIN.SCRC.Symbolics.COM)
Wed, 16 Sep 87 09:16 EDT

I don't think you want to use TCP or UDP to transport DECnet packets.
Rather, you probably want to use IP for that purpose. This would make
DECnet a sibling of TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc. You probably find it useful to
 - to get an assigned number to stick in the IP protocol field,
 - circulate a draft RFC to make sure several people find the
   functionality sufficient (such as "How do you translate DECnet
   addresses to IP addresses?"), and
 - perhaps get some prototype implementations working to find the bugs
and then publish your results as an RFC.

I don't know the specifics of DECnet, but I am somewhat interested in
what you come up with, as many of the same issues come up with CHAOSnet.

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