The term used in RFC2960 to describe a protocol
relationship between SCTP endpoints. SCTP
(Stream Control Transmission Protocol
) association is composed of two SCTP endpoints
and protocol state information including verification tags (a 32-bit unsigned integer that is randomly generated) and the currently active set of Transmission Sequence Numbers
(TSNs). The association can be uniquely identified by the transport addresses used by the endpoints in the association.
Also see "The OSI Reference Model - Understanding Layers" in the Did You Know...? section of Webopedia.
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