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From: dfh@ecsvax.UUCP (David Hinnant)
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Subject: Intel OpenNet experience?
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Date: Wed, 8-May-85 10:32:59 EDT
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I recently read an article about Intel's OpenNet implementation of the
OSI 7 layer reference model that is available for PC-DOS, Xenix and
iRMX in the March issue of "Systems & Software".  When I contacted our
local Intel sales office, they didn't have any information on OpenNet.

Has anybody in Netland (especially Intel sites) had any experience with
OpenNet?  I'd like to hear what your experiences have been, and have
a number of questions to ask:

The SXM 552 is supposed to support layers 1-4 of the ISO reference model.
The article mentions Ethernet/802.3 (CSMA/CD), but says nothing of what
is supported for layers 3 and 4.  Does it use IP/TCP or what?  Just what
is the iNA 960 transport-layer software?

OpenNet is "designed to be compatible with IBM's PC Networking Software
and Microsoft Networks (MS-NET)".  I presume they mean Sytek's LocalNet/PC.
What is meant by "compatibility"?  Layers 6-7 == NFA (Network File Access)?

As most articles written by the developer of the product do, this article
makes OpenNet seem like the preferred choice in networking Xenix and
PC-DOS.  (My application is Interactive's System III/V port: IN/ix).
OpenNet does indeed seem interesting, but getting detailed information 
is damping my interest.  Any experiences welcome.  I'll summarize all mail
replies and post.

					David Hinnant
					SCI Systems
					(919) 549-8334

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