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Current protocols are expected to become inefficient if used at speeds in excess of 1 Gigabit per second. While this premise is widely accepted, no model exists to explain the phenomenon. We define a model for understanding protocols which is aimed at explaining why such a barrier exists, and indicates alternate designs which do not have this limit.
Existing protocols are akin to classical mechanics; 1 Gigabit/second is the speed near which relativistic effects emerge. In order to account for these effects, we need to express knowledge at a distance, latent measurement, and uncertainty as real entities, not negligible estimates. The result is a model which expresses not only existing protocols, and may contribute to a better understanding of the Gigabit communications domain.
Joseph D. Touch and David J. Farber, "MIRAGE: A Model for Ultra-High-Speed Protocol Analysis and Design", . December 1989.
Date Posted: 16 January 2008