Outline for Research Project

Chris Palmer

Objective: The research project will be mainly the research needed to implement the programming side of my project. As such, it will include the details of different network protocols as well as their history and immediate future. The focus will rest primarily on TCP/IP.

A brief history of at least TCP/IP starting from when and why it was formed through how it has evolved and including how it is changing to meet current challenges will probably open the paper. This will include lots of the information Iím researching now about Ipv4 and Ipv6 as well as what machines and types of network topologies this was/is/will be designed for.

The research on protocols has already begun, reading through the textbook on networking and taking notes on the structure of TCP/IP and OSI data packets. I want to be able to give a comprehensive explanation of what makes up each packet of information running across the network, at least on TCP/IP and perhaps on other protocols if it seems useful.

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