Re: Does TCP/IP "comform" to ISO/OSI?

Merton Campbell Crockett (mcc@ETN-WLV.EATON.COM)
Fri, 26 Aug 88 06:13:23 PDT


You were absolutely right when you stated, "...TCP/IP does not interoperate
with the ISO implementations of OSI. Saying that would be very "confusing"."

It is confusing! What *is* an ISO implementation of OSI. OSI is merely a
architectural reference model. It is not a protocol nor is it a protocol
suite. I have written networking software ten (10) years ago that is con-
formant to the OSI model. I doubt that you can find any software suite that
allows two (2) or more computer systems to exchange information that is not
conformant to the OSI model. The model is a formalized statement of the
logical process to establish a communication link and exchange information.

Now if you had said that IP/TCP is not interoperable with the ISO IP/T4
protocols or the Internet protocol suite is not interoperable with the
DECNet protocol suite. That would be less "confusing".


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