by Darius Kazemi, October 24 2019
Stop your groaning
The technical content
This RFC is a response to “groaning” about the message buffers on the Terminal IMP (TIP). Walden is here to set the record straight.
While we realize these aren't as big as some Hosts might desire, they aren't as small as the intensity of the groans suggest either.
The TIP has 63 available ports for communication, and the lower numbered ports have bigger buffers than the higher numbered ones. Walden recommends that users of line-oriented systems (which send messages consisting of each line of text, rather than each character of text) try to connect on the lower numbered ports.
He says that they don't dynamically allocate buffers to devices because he estimates the code to do that would eat into the overall buffer space available, reducing the buffer space about about 20%.
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I'm Darius Kazemi. I'm an independent technologist and artist. I do a lot of work on the decentralized web with ActivityPub, including a Node.js reference implementation, an RSS-to-ActivityPub converter, and a fork of Mastodon, called Hometown. You can support my work via my Patreon.