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Michael Welzl, Stefan Joerer and Stein Gjessing, "Towards a Protocol-Independent Internet Transport API," Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2011), Workshop on Future Network (FutureNet IV), Kyoto, Japan, June 2011.


The conjoint API of TCP, UDP, UDP-Lite, SCTP and choices, DCCP has a large number of and is quite complex. By requiring an application to specify the name of the protocol to use, it also constrains the implementation of the Internet's transport layer. We propose to provide a common API that only offers the services that application programmers need to see, and we show how its design could be undertaken, ending up with an API that we believe is much simpler than the alternatives in use today. We also argue that this would be a very good way to get new transport protocols widely deployed.

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Michael Welzl
Stefan Joerer
Stein Gjessing

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    author = {Welzl, Michael and Joerer, Stefan and Gjessing, Stein},
    doi = {10.1109/iccw.2011.5963568},
    title = {{Towards a Protocol-Independent Internet Transport API}},
    publisher = {IEEE},
    issn = {1550-3607},
    address = {Kyoto, Japan},
    booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2011), Workshop on Future Network (FutureNet IV)},
    month = {6},
    year = {2011},

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