[rfc-dist] RFC 4838 on Delay-Tolerant Networking Architecture

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        RFC 4838

        Title:      Delay-Tolerant Networking Architecture 
        Author:     V. Cerf, S. Burleigh,
                    A. Hooke, L. Torgerson,
                    R. Durst, K. Scott,
                    K. Fall, H. Weiss
        Status:     Informational
        Date:       April 2007
        Mailbox:    vint at google.com, 
                    Scott.Burleigh at jpl.nasa.gov, 
                    Adrian.Hooke at jpl.nasa.gov,  ltorgerson at jpl.nasa.gov, 
                    durst at mitre.org,  kscott at mitre.org, 
                    kfall at intel.com,  howard.weiss at sparta.com
        Pages:      35
        Characters: 89265
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-irtf-dtnrg-arch-08.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc4838.txt

This document describes an architecture for delay-tolerant and
disruption-tolerant networks, and is an evolution of the architecture
originally designed for the Interplanetary Internet, a communication
system envisioned to provide Internet-like services across
interplanetary distances in support of deep space exploration.  This
document describes an architecture that addresses a variety of
problems with internetworks having operational and performance
characteristics that make conventional (Internet-like) networking
approaches either unworkable or impractical.  We define a message-
oriented overlay that exists above the transport (or other) layers of
the networks it interconnects.  The document presents a motivation
for the architecture, an architectural overview, review of state
management required for its operation, and a discussion of
application design issues.  This document represents the consensus of
the IRTF DTN research group and has been widely reviewed by that group.  
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