Multiprotocol Transport (mptrans)
Charter Status: Concluded January, 1997 Chair(s): Sig Handelman Description of Working Group: Abstract 10/19/94 mw MPTN is an architecture that permits applications to run over transport networks that are not native to the applications programming interface they use. For example, FTP and Telnet are sockets applications that expect to use a TCP/IP but MPTN would allow those applications to run unchanged over an SNA network (delivered product today). Or, one could run CICS applications or SNA displays/printers (or 3270 emulators) over a TCP/IP network. The key aspects of MPTN are that the applications are full function and completely unchanged. One can even use MPTN gateways to let SNA (or other type) applications communicate across any combination of SNA, TCP, or other networks, where the end systems can be in different network types. MPTN is a software only solution that allows customers to reduce the number of logical network transports in their enterprise and therefore reduce operational costs, and/or add new applications without having to build a parallel network or add new hardware boxes or telco lines.