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Protocol and Architecture (Short Notes)





Protocol
An agreed-upon format for transmitting data between two devices. The protocol determines the following:
The type of error checking to be used data compression method,
if any how the sending device will indicate that it has finished sending a message how the receiving device will indicate that it has received a message. There are a variety of standard protocols from which programmers can choose. Each has particular advantages and disadvantages; for example, some are simpler than others, some are more reliable, and some are faster.
From a user's point of view, the only interesting aspect about protocols is that your computer or device must support the right ones if you want to communicate with other computers. The protocol can be implemented either in hardware or in software. 

Architecture
A design. The term architecture can refer to either hardware or software, or to a combination of
hardware and software. The architecture of a system always defines its broad outlines, and may define precise mechanisms as well.
An open architecture allows the system to be connected easily to devices and programs made by
other manufacturers. Open architectures use off-the-shelf components and conform to approved
standards. A system with a closed architecture, on the other hand, is one whose design is proprietary, making it difficult to connect the system to other systems.

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