Most routing protocols fall into one of two classes: distance vector or link state. The basics of distance vector routing protocols are examined here; the next section covers link state routing protocols. Distance vector algorithms are based on the work done of R. E. Bellman, L. R. Ford, and D. R. Fulkerson and for this reason occasionally are referred to as Bellman-Ford or Ford-Fulkerson algorithms.
 R. E. Bellman. Dynamic Programming. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press; 1957.
 L. R. Ford Jr. and D. R. Fulkerson. Flows in Networks. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press; 1962.
The name distance vector is derived from the fact that routes are advertised as vectors of ...