Chapter 8. Making Addresses Topological

A 64-byte address is too long, it won’t fit on my business card.

Any of several CCITT delegates (didn’t get or want their names)

Q: So, how long should an address be?

A: Processing the address should halt.


Previously in Chapter 5, “Naming and Addressing,” we reviewed the current state of naming and addressing. We saw how the early development of networking often looked to operating systems for guidance and have seen that perspective pay off with addressing, too (even though many OS designs, including UNIX, failed to understand the importance of IPC). From operating systems, Shoch noted that networks needed the same separation between logical names and physical addresses that is useful in ...

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