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DARPA's Active Network page (fwd)

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> Date: Tue, 15 Dec 1998 17:50:56 -0500
> From: Robert Hettinga <[email protected]>
> Subject: DARPA's Active Network page

> I saw an article on this in InfoWorld. NAI/TIS and DARPA talking about
> putting self-switching packets into the network. I don't see this as too
> far off from packets purchasing their passage across the network with
> micromoney of some kind.

How does the packet know what is a good price or a bad price as it makes
each hop? Whose processor is it using to run its program to evaluate the
costs? Who pays for that processor cost on a node that isn't selected? Who
has access to the audit trail? How does a reliable copy get back to the
originator? How does it do this in an anonymous network?


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