[iDC] history of protocols
almlemos at gmail.com
Thu Oct 24 12:23:16 UTC 2013
Maybe you already know, but take a look at Derrida, Dissemination, The University of Chicago, 1981 (La Dissémination, Paris, Seuil, 1972).
We can think about "Protokollon" (front sheet glued) as rules, what's behind the "text" or "code", what makes communication possible. Protocols are categories by which something function. I think that this can explain why we call protocols, "protocols" (Protokollon).
Em 29/06/2013, às 07:12, Claus Pias <claus.pias at univie.ac.at> escreveu:
> Dear all,
> I am curious if anyone did some historical research on WHY protocols were called "protocols". From the existing literature and old RFC's I vaguely know WHEN transmission protocols emerged and how the structure of packages was defined in the times of early online-systems. There are also a few texts on the history of protocol engineering (i.e. Computer Networks 54(2010) 3197-3209). But as far as I see, no one yet asked the questions why the term "protocol" was chosen.
> The background is that I am working on medieval and early modern documents (deeds) whose structure is called "protocol" in diplomatics (in the sense of Mabillon). In fact, the structure of digital data packages very much resembles the structure of deeds, that follow a highly formalized framework of invocatio, intitulatio, inscriptio, narratio, sanctio, corroboratio, eschatocoll (to use the latin rhetorical terms) that are equivalent to time stamp, sender, receiver, message, 'checksum' or authentifier etc. etc. Questions of security of transmission were crucial for that kind of structure.
> Was anyone aware of this historical notion of "protocol" when the term was introduced to computer networks in the 1960's?
> My apologies for such an esoteric question -- it's my first post here.
> Best wishes,
> Claus Pias
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