On 1/4/2012 2:07 AM, Yaakov Stein wrote:
A protocol is to communications what an algorithm is to computation.
The mantra that I was taught many years ago was that a process is a program in
execution. A program is the instructions. That seems compatible with the above
(One can quibble about the difference between algorithm and program. An
algorithm is a component of a program. The distinction is relevant here because
a protocol is typically a complete mechanism rather than being a component of
the mechanisms. On the other hand, an entire Internet service might comprise
My question is:
If protocol corresponds with program or algorithm, then what is the
communications term that corresponds to process?
It's tempting to say "port number", but that doesn't seem very satisfying.
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