Coordination Models and Languages

Volume 4467 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 19-36

Requirements for Routing in the Application Layer

  • Pamela ZaveAffiliated withAT&T Laboratories—Research, Florham Park, New Jersey

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In the application layer of networks, many application servers are middleboxes in the paths of messages from source to destination. Applications require, as a basic coordination mechanism, a way to route messages through the proper servers. This paper elaborates and justifies the requirements for such a coordination mechanism. It presents what is known about satisfying these requirements, and what questions still need to be answered.