CATNIP: Common Architecture for the Internet

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (catnip WG)
Last updated 1994-03-21
Replaced by draft-mcgovern-ipng-catnip-wpaper
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This paper describes a common architecture for the network layer protocol. The Common Architecture for Next Generation Internet Protocol (CATNIP) provides a compressed form of the existing network layer protocols. Each compression is defined so that the resulting network protocol data units are identical in format. The fixed part of the compressed format is 16 bytes in length, and may often be the only part transmitted on the subnetwork.


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Robert Ullmann (

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