David Wilson wrote:
As you say "IN NETWORKING", I'm afraid you haven't read his original
paper "END-TO-END ARGUMENTS IN SYSTEM DESIGN", which is on "system
design" in general and not necessarily "in networking". For example,
in the original paper, RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer) is
given as an example of end to end design.
Er, no. The article states:
The paper states:
any attempt by the computer designer to anticipate the
client's requirements for an esoteric feature will
probably miss the target slightly and the client will end
up reimplementing that feature anyway
which is an end to end argument where communication is at high
level between computer designers and their clients.
It is clear from both of these that the basic subject is data
communication over a communication system.
That is true only with the widest meaning of "communication". However,
"IN NETWORKING" by Phillip has a lot narrow meaning and even the
original paper says:
A version of the end-to-end argument in a non-communication
application was developed in the 1950's by system analysts
whose responsibility included reading and writing files on
large numbers of magnetic tape reels.
So, applying this to DNSSEC's PKI, this is clearly an application layer
If you want to draw some conclusion from the 2001 paper, quote
text from the paper. There is no point to reiterate it with
your subtly modified terminology only to give a subtly modified
impression on the content of the paper.
The second article is a discussion about how the end-to-end design
principle might need to be modified in the light of the realities of the
That is an explanation on the motivation to write the paper and
the conclusion of the paper is:
We argue that the open, general nature of the Net, which
derived from the end to end arguments, is a valuable
characteristic that encourages innovation, and this
flexibility should be preserved.
which means the end to end argument is not modified.
Instead, the paper, for example, says for regulations to be
realistic, they should follow the end to end principle.
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