Complete Protocol dictionary, glossary and reference
The TCP/IP protocol suite establishes the technical foundation of the Internet. Development of the TCP/IP started as DOD projects. Now, most protocols in the suite are developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) under the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), an organization initially sponsored by the US government and now an open and autonomous organization. The IAB provides the coordination for the R&D underlying the TCP/IP protocols and guides the evolution of the Internet. The TCP/IP protocols are well-documented in the Request For Comments (RFC), which are drafted, discussed, circulated and approved by the IETF committees. All documents are open and free and can be found online in the IETF site listed in the reference.