The aim of the GAUCHO project was to demonstrate an open communication system for the exchange of business data. The project integrated independent OSI services into a single service platform providing a high-level API to an EDI application. GAUCHO was targeted on users of PCs and small Unix workstations with limited resources for administration and management of external data communications.
The aim of the project was to demonstrate an open communication system for the exchange of business data. The project integrated independent open systems interconnection (OSI) services into a single service platform providing a high level API to an electronic data interchange (EDI) application. The general distributed architecture for unified communications in heterogeneous open systems interconnection environments (GAUCHO) project was targeted on users of personal computers (PC) and small Unix workstations with limited resources for administration and management of external data communications.
Key elements of the project were:
analysis of user and network service provider requirements;
demonstrating the GAUCHO service platform in distributed interworking implementations communicating over public carrier services;
development of an EDI application system aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (SME) by targeting implementations at cheap PCs with the minimum of hardware plug in boards;
prototyping of a relevant subset of OSI application and communication services in operating system environments suitable for SMEs (Unix, MS-DOS); in particular, a remote user agent using the CCITT 1988 P7 protocol, and a remote PC based directory user agent using X.500;
prototyping and validation of the project results (basic services and EDI services) in the demonstrator environments, and interoperability testing against commercial products, where feasible.
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