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Don’t shrink your standards; link yourself with those who think and ink like you.
—Michael Bassey Johnson, poet and novelist
Every so often it helps to go back to the beginning and remind ourselves of the purpose of our efforts.
Our primary or eventual purpose is to devise a scheme that calculates the shortest or most efficient path between two distant routers in a network.
We determined in Chapter 13 why it is better suited for routers to perform their routing functions mostly independent of each other. We ascertained that every router needs to collate an independent but identical topological database. That ...