Requirement for a network

Scalable connectivity

Direct

Using direct links to form network among a bunch nodes.

Indirect

User router/gateway to connect clouds of network

We can form networks recursively by interconnect networks

Cost-effective resource sharing

Don’t want idle links. Don’t want to starve users. Don’t want switches to drop packages.

Support for common services

Need to find common patterns across different applications

Request and reply

FTP uses this pattern
Only 1 copy and guarentee transfer

message stream

video and conferences

Danger of too few channel abstractions

If you have only a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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