DSA Terminology

Arınç ÜNAL arinc.unal at arinc9.com
Sat Sep 10 04:42:47 PDT 2022

On 10.09.2022 03:04, Rich Brown wrote:
> Thanks for all this discussion. I have read everyone's notes carefully, but I feel as if I am falling farther and farther behind.
> I don't understand the distinctions between the terms that everyone is using. (The networking field is replete with synonyms for the same thing: "interface" (and device, port, jack, socket, interface, etc.) might refer to that hole in the back of a computer that receives an RJ-45 connector. And "interface" (and network, subnet, address range and others) might apply to the .. 255 concept. I think that's what's happening here.)
> Perhaps I have missed a glossary for these terms. Just point me to one that works for this DSA discussion. If there isn't one, we need to make one.
> As a start, certain terms have cropped up multiple times in this discussion. Could I ask for definitions for the following terms?

Here's my understanding.

> Network:

A network represents a group of computers communicating with each other.

> Interface:

Short for network interface.

> Network Interface:

A network interface is the point of interconnection, implemented on the 
software, between computers.

> Device:

Another term for network interface, used a lot on Linux kernel development.

> Netdev:

A mailing list for all network-related Linux stuff.


> Other terms?

I think this is inclusive enough.


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