Standards for Packet Network Intercommunication

Critique: A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication

As early as 1974, there have been studies on how to manipulate data packets to become standards in network intercommunication. This is to leverage the issues that the system would encounter. However, as the identified issues have been addressed, there are new issues being discovered, and some of these issues originated from resolving the existing ones like handling big data, and integrating new discoveries into old the ones.

If someone would trace the history of these studies, their basic foundation was how to implement a successful transmission of a message from one point to the other. In other words, relaying a complete message is the ultimate goal of such study.

In understanding data packet transmission system, one would struggle in implementing the integration due to the differences in the system. Although they might look similarly because they talk about a common goal, still the approach on how to reach the objective is very unique. It’s like you are dreaming of ideal integration but in reality, that’s not the case since you will be dealing with a multi-platform system.

Almost forty years ago, some of the identified issues in data packet transmission include network receiver’s perception of a message uniformly, acceptance of the message due to the varying size of data packets, the acknowledgement of a successful message transmission due to time delays, the recovery of the content of a message due to failure or inconsistencies including the real-time evaluation of a transmission and routing of data packets over the network.

Moreover, researchers were able to formulate as well the concept of a Gateway, that it will serve as a passage of data packets during the exchange of information between the transmitting and receiving stations. Hence before the data packets arrive on its destination, it will pass through several Gateways or Networks. During this process, Gateway converts the data packets into different forms so that one Network could understand the information that came from the other Network. In data conversion, we may think of it as reassembling the data packets or changing its sequence.

Since data are saved as packets, these are arranged into what you call segments. In other words, Segments are separation of binary digits in the packet that indicates the actual content of the data present in it.

Based on formatting, bits that serve as address of the data are combined together. In this way, it would know the correct destination where the data packets are supposed to go.

When data packets passes through one Gateway and/or Network to the other, the conversion process including its correction and validation affects the data communication rate. Meanwhile the data that comes in and goes away should be considered in the process of Flow Control. Depending on the case, this should occur on either the Transmitting and Receiving terminal to prevent data lost.

With that being said, we can say that protocols have been set to regulate or somehow stabilize the performance of the system. Thus, addressing the issues involving data packets communication might be a never-ending journey since our technology keeps on upgrading from time to time. But who knows, maybe someday all the issues will be addressed. That might not be possible for now! Nevertheless, we can be sure that it will be, for those which have identified earlier. Well, at least. (AAP)