Adaptors for protocol conversion

Kenneth L. Calvert, Simon S. Lam

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The use of adaptors for protocol conversion in heterogeneous data networks with layered architectures is proposed. An adaptor is a form of protocol converter enabling a peer component of one protocol to simulate a peer of a different protocol. Adaptors have several advantages over other conversion architectures, especially gateway-type converters: they avoid bottlenecks at network boundaries, and a message is translated twice at most on its way from one peer to the other; adaptors are well-suited for conversion among multiple protocols; and the definition of an adaptor as the quotient of known components is simpler than for other converters, making it simpler to compute an adaptor algorithmically or to verify one derived heuristically. The approach is illustrated with an example involving three different connection-management protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)552-560
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
StatePublished - 1990
EventProceedings of IEEE INFOCOM '90: Ninth Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Jun 3 1990Jun 4 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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