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CDE 1.1: Remote Procedure Call
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Protocol Tower Encoding

This appendix details the encoding of RPC binding information as protocol towers.

Common Declarations describes an abstract model of RPC binding information referred to as a protocol_tower_t data type.

IDL Data Type Declarations defines the actual (concrete) IDL representation of a protocol tower data type as twr_t and twr_p_t data types as follows:

 * Protocol Tower. The network representation of network addressing
 * information (e.g., RPC bindings).
typedef struct {
    unsigned32          tower_length;
    byte                tower_octet_string[];
} twr_t, *twr_p_t;

This appendix defines the rules for encoding an protocol_tower_t (abstract) into the twr_t.tower_octet_string and twr_p_t->tower_octet_string fields (concrete). For historical reasons, this cannot be done using the standard NDR encoding rules for marshalling and unmarshalling. A special encoding is required.

Note that the twr_t and twr_p_t are mashalled as standard IDL data types, encoded in the standard transfer syntax (for example, NDR). As far as IDL and NDR are concerned, tower_octet_string is simply an opaque conformant byte array. This section only defines how to construct this opaque open array of octets, which contains the actual protocol tower information.

The tower_octet_string[] is a variable length array of octets that encodes a single, complete protocol tower. It is encoded as follows:

Protocol Tower Contents

All towers contain the 3 floors shown in Floors 1 to 3 Inclusive .

Floor Content
1 RPC interface identifier
2 RPC Data representation identifier
3 RPC protocol identifier

Table: Floors 1 to 3 Inclusive

The content of floors 4 and 5 are protseq-specific. Floors 4 and 5 for TCP/IP Protocols shows the contents for the protocol sequences ncacn_ip_tcp and ncadg_ip_udp.

Floor Content
4 Port address
5 Host address

Table: Floors 4 and 5 for TCP/IP Protocols

Implementations may optionally support the protocol sequence ncacn_dnet_nsp. Floors 4, 5 and 6 for DECnet Protocol shows the tower contents for this protocol.

Floor Content
4 DECnet session control
5 Transport - Network Services Protocol (NSP)
6 DECnet routing - Network Service Access Point (NSAP)

Table: Floors 4, 5 and 6 for DECnet Protocol

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