As the number of computer networks has grown, so has the desire for users on these networks to communicate with each other, thus the need for internetworking. Unfortunately, many of these networks were not designed with internetworking capabilities in mind. The internetworking facilities offered by a typical network range from non-existent to state of the art. Two major efforts towards internetworking are the DARPA Internet protocols and the OSI Internetworking protocols. The goals of this thesis are to acquaint the reader with the qualities which are desired in an internetworking scheme, to describe how internetworking is accomplished currently, and how these protocols might be modified to better suit the needs of the internetwork user. To this end, this thesis will develop the functional requirements for an "ideal" internetwork, describe two current methods for internetworking, and analyze these methods against the ideal internetwork. The advantages and disadvantages of each internetworking method will be discussed. After this analysis, suggestions will be made as to how these internetworking schemes could more closely resemble the "ideal" internetwork.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Computer networks; Computer network architectures
Department, Program, or Center
Computer Science (GCCIS)
Diana, Gary M., "Internetworking: an analysis and proposal" (1990). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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