General protocol stack management

Erik.Johansson Erik.Johansson@REDACTED
Wed Feb 20 14:30:42 CET 2002

Some work has been done in this area, there was a Ms C. thesis about this in 2000,  
A general protocol stack interface in Erlang, the thesis can be found at:

I don't know if the application was productified, but if not the thesis should be good starting point. 
I think that at least Peter Andersson is working with Erlang for some Ericsson company.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Vlad Dumitrescu" <vlad_dumitrescu@REDACTED>
To: <erlang-questions@REDACTED>
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 2:13 PM
Subject: General protocol stack management

Hi all,

I am trying to devise a general way to handle a protocol stack in a way that 
is protocol independent. The closest thing I found to look at was Megaco, 
which is very cool. However, assumptions about the specific protocols are 
spread a little here and there, and also the protocol layers are fixed 
(since it is only designed to handle one protocol).

I wonder if anyone had felt the need for such an application, where once 
could dynamically add, remove or change some of the handlers for the 
different layers in the stack. My reason for doing this is to be able to 
change the encoding and routing algorithms and/or the transport medium, but 
then I thought "why not make it more general?" -- I'd like to find out if 
such generality can be really needed, or maybe it's better to choose the 
custom solution? Maybe such a general aplication already exists, and then 
I'd have a lot to learn from.

Any thoughts or remarks?
Best regards,

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