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From the universe of fiction to reality

 

From the Altamira caves in Spain, the man looked up at the stars, leaving traces of his admiration for them on the stones. A passion that despite the passing of the years, marked each of the generations. It was the ’60s when the StarTrek series conquered the hearts from much of the civilization of that time, and decades later it continued with a rejuvenated repertoire of chapters and adventures, knowing planets, civilizations and learning new languages.

And we met teleportation

 

One of the fictional machines that sowed ideas, moved and broke with everyday logic was the “Teleporter”, a device that was handled by the specialist Skoty and that, through coordinates, fragmented a person into millionth particles to materialize it into another place, safe and sound, with all of its functions and properties in perfect condition. Ships were no longer necessary, not even walking to be in the destination that was intended.

This process wasn’t so easy, it had to respond to certain protocols to achieve the objective. The protocol consisted on four phases: a destination scan and coordinate capture. Energization and dematerialization. Doppler compensation in the pattern buffer and the transmission flow field. Only by complying with each of these layered protocols could they reach the destination or return.

TCP/IP a series of protocols for the teleportation of data

 

Sometimes fiction on television or in movies becomes premature advertisements that determine new and advanced technologies. Much like the imagination of the scriptwriters of that time, IT professionals managed to teleport data from one computer to another.

We refer to the procedures that we do daily between two computers, we send hundreds of emails between two computers or receive responses daily and we do not realize what are the processes and protocols that define the phenomenon of fragmenting, packaging, sending and recomposing documents or images. In itself, the entire process of teleportation from one place to another. In other words, the trip to the stars takes place every millionth of a second on the internet thanks to the TCP/IP Protocol.

What is the TCP/IP protocol?

 

Like the teleporter in Star Trek, your data requires coordinates to reach your destination. TCP / IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) is the acronym for a protocol or set of rules that must be met so that your data (documents, images, videos) can be fragmented, packaged, identified and routed so that the other computer receives them and does the reverse process: put them back together and deliver them. In short, those are the rules of communication and data transmission in the world of computing and telecommunications.
For example, when you watch a series on the Netflix platform, these episodes are sent from a large server, and they travel fragmented for thousands of kilometers to reach your computer, through the IP address of your computer. Otherwise, the images in sequence would remain in fragments in the nano-universe.

 

TCP/IP allows computers to talk to each other

 

For more than 3 decades we have known the functionalities and fidelity of your computer but, if it is, it manages to communicate with others much better. The doors to the universe open, distances are shortened and you enter the largest libraries of organic information ever thought by screenwriters or writers.

Now, communication will always be achieved on a couple principle: from one computer to another. And this principle is respected when we establish contact with multiple computers. It is still basic one-to-one communication. For this sending and receiving of data to be achieved via the internet, the TCP/IP protocol must be complied.

In other words, the conversation begins, who initiates that contact? Who responds? How does a PC know that the message was transmitted correctly? and how do they end the contact or the conversation?

 

TCP/IP the great language translator / integrator

 

It is necessary that the same protocol or language that interprets each of the systems in which the files are developed, integrates them into one, thus avoiding chaos. In this sense, the TCP/IP  protocol was created, developed by the EEUU Department of Defense to guarantee a system for sending information or data.

TCP/IP  are two computer protocols that in a balanced marriage work for communication between computers and for sending information from one point to another.

IP is the protocol by which your computer is identified, it is like your ID number or passport, unique worldwide. In this way, the  TCP protocol manages to identify your address to communicate with you and deliver “data packets” to you. In other words, this couple works together but everyone recognizes their role. The one without the other could not exist.

 

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TCP/IP bypasses congested roads

 

One of the advantages of these two TCP/IP protocols is that in addition to decomposing the message into packets, it identifies each one and, depending on whether there is congestion in any part of the path, the packets can independently take several paths or layers, arriving at their destination in an orderly manner. It is like if you divided a puzzle, assigning a sequence to each piece and if the box falls, you can collect the pieces and order them according to their code.

The first function of this layered communication system, is to create a standardized system through which different manufacturers, both software and hardware, use the same protocol that integrates them.

The second function of this system is to divide the message into data packets to be sent by layers, which have specific functions. The data packets pass through four layers independently and in reverse before being received at the other computer and the data being recomposed or rearranged to be presented to the recipient. A whole process of dematerialization and materialization as in the Star Trek transporter.

 

TCP/IP four ways, one destination

 

In other words, the TCP/IP protocols work to link computers to send data, which is divided into four layers with specific functions.
Like the teleporter has four layers and each one of them with a pre-established function, together these functions manage to decompose the file, identify it, transport it and then integrate it into a single unit.

  • Data link layer: known as the network interface, link layer or physical layer, it is the one who handles the physical parts of sending and receiving data. In other words, the Ethernet cable, the wireless network, the interface card, and the other components that become the path through which data travels.
  • Internet layer: the great Mass Transit Attorney of data packets, many people call it network layer.
  • Layer of transport: Its main function is to offer a stable connection between two devices. It divides the files, packs them, and identifies and requests acknowledgment from the computer / receiver for each of the deliveries.
  • Application layer: This layer is made up of the applications that the network requires to communicate, if we look for a metaphor it would be like traffic rules, signs.

In this way, the data packets arrive and are integrated, forming the file again, work that is done in the nano-cosmos in millionths of seconds. As the teleporter divides people by making them travel through the cosmos into nanoparticles, they are recomposed on the other side of the solar system.

 

Ensure the communication process between the computers of your company with Péndulo Software

 

When it comes to companies, it is important to create a solid network architecture that allows you to work with current technology and is structured to adapt to future updates. Having a robust network architecture guarantees your company the good communication of the TCP/IP protocols, and with Péndulo Software you can achieve it, we offer you the best structuring and creation service of network nodes, and at the same time we guarantee the security and maintenance of it.

Count on Péndulo Software to consolidate the communication process between your company’s computers. Contact us through our phone number +1-206-741-1041, by email: info@pendulosoftware.com  on Instagram: @pendulosoftware or Twitter: @pendulosoft.

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