a proposed modification to ARP


John A. Shriver (jas@proteon.com)
Mon, 18 Jul 88 11:02:26 EDT


> I just barfed up my breakfast. Have they stopped teaching modularity
> and functional boundaries in computer science classes?

ARP is one of the quintessentially elegant protocols. An enormous
amount of power is provided for a very simple implmentation. Let's
keep it that way.

Let's also remember that ARP runs on 5 networks other than Ethernet
(Experimental Ethernet, AX.25, ProNET, Chaosnet, and ARCNET) that
don't have multicast, only broadcast.

Of course I could be a real killjoy and note that ARP won't be needed
on ISO networks, routers will send you redirects instead.



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