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The ISO OSI 7 Layer Reference Model for Networking. This is a useful partitioning or layering system that is useful in helping to explain how networking can actually work. Similar functions are grouped in layers, and then layers functions are defined. Layers are stacked, one on top of the other to allow sanwiched layers to speak to their immediate vertical neighbors and provide services for immediate vertical neighbors. If this does not make sense here, try looking into more deatil in one of these links.
In this section I have tried to offer a well documented description of the functions of each layer as well as offer examples. Use of symbolism, and metaphores abound in this section to make certain concepts easier to understand.
If you find an error, or something that is not as well described as you would like, let me know and I will try to re-word it to make it more understandable.
- The ISO, and the OSI 7 Layer Reference Model for Networking(Rough First Draft) is useful in understanding how a suite of protocols could be implemented. The theory applied to this layer includes the programming concept of modular design where by which modules can be written to deal with similar functions and modules communicate over unchanging interfaces. These modules can then be updated, enhanced, optimized, or improved without affecting the other modules since the interface specifications between vertical neighbors remain the same.
- A forcing of the TCP/IP suite of protocols into a 5 layer model based on function (Rough First Draft) can be helpful in seeing how TCP/IP does not conform to the standards set up by the ISO for networking protocols that would meet the ISO specifications for 7 layer networking protocol stacks. This section is better viewed after the reader has an understanding of the ISO OSI 7 Layer Reference Model For Networking linked above.
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