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Re: Application "core protocol" BOF/WG idea

From: Michael Mealling <michael@bailey.dscga.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 12:52:43 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199902111752.MAA03191@bailey.dscga.com>
To: spreitze@parc.xerox.com
Cc: michaelm@netsol.com, discuss@apps.ietf.org
spreitze@parc.xerox.com said this:
> I'm surprised to hear you use word like "light weight, low to medium demand" 
> together with "credit card transactions".  Maybe that's because it's not 
> clear to me where your protocols fit into the whole financial system; the 
> slots that are obvious to me have fairly high requirements for performance 
> and security.

The slot for this particular example is between a server that frontends
communication to the clearinghouse provider and our billing backend. 
It's secure but it only has 3 transaction types (verify, charge and refund).
Since each transaction is small and atomic the load is no where near what 
something like our web servers put up with.

> It seems to me that most big complicated things started out as small simple 
> things that succeeded and grew; how much do you want to plan for further 
> development of your protocols?

For this one? None. Unless some huge paradigm shift happens in credit 
card processing I can't think of any changes we would ever make. 


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Received on Thursday, 11 February 1999 13:06:49 UTC

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