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A brief summary; the minutes of a meeting; the etiquette of diplomacy.

Protocol refers to a summarized document or the minutes of a meeting that are initialed by the parties present to indicate the accuracy of the document or minutes.

Protocol is a section of the department of state that is responsible for advising the government, the president, the vice president, and the Secretary of State on matters of diplomatic procedure governed by law or international custom and practice. Protocol is the method of officially ranking or receiving government officials.


(Agreement), noun arrangement, charter, compact, concord, concordat, contract, covenant, diplooatic agreement, pact, stipulation, treaty, understanding


(Etiquette), noun behavior, ceremony, code, code of behavior, conventional practice, correct behavior, correctitude, correctness, courtesy, customs, decorum, dictates, diplomatic code, form, good behavior, good form, good manners, manners, politeness, practice, prevailing form, proper behavior, proprieties, punctilio, regulations, rules, set of rules, set of standards, system of rules
See also: bill, decorum, guide, mode, practice, procedure, rule, treaty


an addition or supplement to a treaty.

PROTOCOL, civil law, international law. A record or register. Among the Romans, protocollunt was a writing at the head of the first page of the paper used by the notaries or tabellions. Nov. 44.
     2. In France the minutes of notarial acts were formerly transcribed on registers, which were called protocols. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 3, c. 6, s. 1, n. 413.
     3. By the German law it signifies the minutes of any transaction. Eneye. Amer. Protocol. In the latter sense the word has of late been received into international law. Ibid.

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DH-CHAP is the simplest of the authentication protocols.
With the Aurora open protocol initiative, we invite other industry leaders to join us in creating innovative solutions for our mutual customers thereby helping them to achieve significant cost savings and faster time-to-market.
A substantial number of TEI members work for companies that engage in international trade and hence will be affected by the seven treaties and protocols now pending before the Senate.
Internet protocol storage area networks (IP SANs) are based on the iSCSI protocol ratified in February 2003 by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
SATA, SAS and FC-AL are the protocols of choice for internal connectivity within a storage system, whereas external connectivity between hosts and storage systems are FC switched fabric or iSCSI (IP storage) connections.
These traditional file-sharing protocols were designed to share files over a local network, but perform poorly and prove unreliable in a WAN setting.
The TCP/IP offload engine (TOE) comes the closest to being a pure protocol processor and has as its core purpose, the offloading of TCP/IP protocols from the host processor to the hardware on the adapter or in the system.