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Re: An attempt to clean up the protocol architecture

From: David Nicol <davidnicol@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:24:31 -0500
Message-ID: <CAFwScO-tyuxOFPZ66N=9Qsrpnrsugk6pzZUAREkisYPf55sQLA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Adrian Hope-Bailie <adrian@hopebailie.com>
Cc: Interledger Community Group <public-interledger@w3.org>, Interledger Mailing List - IETF <ledger@ietf.org>
here's a fine referenice for the OSI reference model:

The ILP project lives entirely in layer 7. Specific implementations would
be constrained to specific choices in the lower levels, but I don't think
ILP should care if the data is in ASCII or EBCDIC -- which is contrived, as
all right-thinking protocols have demanded Unicode UTF8 for some years now.
But still it shouldn't matter. And likewise for if messages are JSON-LD or
Bencoded. Shouldn't matter.

All the communications are over reliable bi-directional streams. That might
fail at any time for any reason, but when they aren't failing they're
reliable bi-directional streams. if the failure is "NETWORK TIMEOUT" or
some other kind of failure, that doesn't matter, it's a failure of a
stream. Which is too detailed, a failure of a stream implies a failure of a
message, which as a semantic thing is composed of key/value or index/value
associations, regardless of encoding or wire-protocols.

In the language of that reference, ILP's internal layers (atop semantic
messages between peers) would be "tiers" in a "tiered application

okay that's my two cents.

> Look forward to your thoughts!
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