Re: a proposed modification to ARP

Henry Spencer (attcan!utzoo!
2 Aug 88 21:59:26 GMT

In article <19880727152537.7.DCP@SWAN.SCRC.Symbolics.COM> DCP@QUABBIN.SCRC.SYMBOLICS.COM (David C. Plummer) writes:
>... Networks
>are a LOT LOT bigger and broadcasts are on people's mind, whether it's a
>real problem or not.

Actually, it has always seemed to me that ARP -- the mapping between physical
addresses and logical ones, so to speak -- was the one place where use of
local broadcast was proper and defensible. I personally would put ARP last
on the list of broadcast problems to be fixed, and a number of other things
much higher. I have trouble believing that ARP by itself, if it were the
only use of broadcast, would be a real problem. Is it really so?

MSDOS is not dead, it just     |     Henry Spencer at U	of Toronto Zoology
smells that way.	       | uunet!mnetor!utzoo!henry

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