On the Use of Directory Services to Support Multi-Protocal Inter-operability
Clark, R. J. (Russell J.)
Calvert, Kenneth L.
Ammar, Mostafa H. (Mostafa Hamed)
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Multi-protocol systems are a vital tool for achieving inter-operability in today's heterogeneous communication networks. An important aspect of these systems is the need to determine which of the multiple available protocols will be used to carry out a given communication task; an uninformed choice can result in failure to communicate when communication should be possible. In this paper we consider ways to make information about hosts' supported protocol configurations available through directory services. We discuss various representation approaches, and describe a working implementation of a multi-protocol application exemplifying our approach.