Re: IP and frame relay

Steve Deering <deering@pescadero.stanford.edu> Fri, 16 November 1990 21:22 UTC

Received: from pescadero.stanford.edu by NRI.NRI.Reston.VA.US id aa03629; 16 Nov 90 16:22 EST
Received: by Pescadero.Stanford.EDU (5.59/25-eef) id AA17476; Fri, 16 Nov 90 13:21:03 PDT
Date: 16 Nov 1990 12:59-PST
From: Steve Deering <deering@pescadero.stanford.edu>
Subject: Re: IP and frame relay
To: Bob Hinden <hinden@bbn.com>
Cc: frame-relay@NRI.Reston.VA.US, iplpdn@NRI.Reston.VA.US, meritec!clapp@bellcore.bellcore.com, smds@NRI.Reston.VA.US
Message-Id: <90/11/16 1259.532@pescadero.stanford.edu>
In-Reply-To: Bob Hinden's message of Fri, 16 Nov 90 092926 -0500

> From: Bob Hinden <hinden@bbn.com>
>
> ... We came to the conclusion that the problems of running
> IP on SMDS were very similar to other public networks.

Yes, but there are also some significant differences:

	- SMDS supports multicast (of a sort)
	- SMDS offers connectionless service

which may allow for a more efficient and/or a more easily configured IP
service to be implemented over SMDS than over other types of PDNs.  So
I would argue against a lowest-common-denominator solution, if that's
what is being advocated.

I have no idea what sort of service is offered by Frame Relay.  (I
thought I saw a message referring to multicast support in Frame Relay??)
What should I read to learn about it, and where can I get that reading
material?

Steve