Jerome H. Saltzer, David P. Reed, and David D. Clark.
End-to-End Arguments in System Design.
Second International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (April, 1981) pages 509-512. Published with minor changes in ACM Transactions in Computer Systems 2, 4, November, 1984, pages 277-288. Reprinted in Craig Partridge, editor Innovations in internetworking. Artech House, Norwood, MA, 1988, pages 195-206. ISBN 0-89006-337-0. Also scheduled to be reprinted in Amit Bhargava, editor. Integrated broadband networks. Artech House, Boston, 1991. ISBN 0-89006-483-0.
Scribe/FinalWord source. In 1997, George Coulouris kindly ported the Scribe text into Portable Document Format (Acrobat), PostScript, Rich Text Format (RTF), and ASCII text.
Back at Bellcore in the 1980s, I frequently tried to convince my colleagues that mandatory "service guarantees" in communication networks are a Very Bad Idea.
Many couldn't accept what seemed perfectly obvious to me: when network service guarantees are not needed -- and they rarely are in computer networking -- they merely reduce capacity, increase complexity and costs and decrease reliability with no corresponding benefit. Those who had spent their entire careers in the telephony industry -- developing Bell-shaped heads in the process -- found this very difficult to accept. Cheshire's paper eloquently makes these exact same points; I wish I had it back then.
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