|(communications)||Kermit - A popular packet-oriented protocol from
Columbia University for transferring text files and
binary files on both full-duplex and half-duplex 8 bit
and 7-bit serial connections in a system- and
medium-independent fashion, and implemented on hundreds of
different computer and operating system platforms. On
full-duplex connections a sliding window protocol with
selective retransmission provides excellent performance and
error recovery characteristics. On 7-bit connections, locking
shifts provide efficient transfer of 8-bit data.|
When properly implemented, as in the Columbia University Kermit Software collection, performance is equal to or better than other protocols such as ZMODEM, YMODEM, and XMODEM, especially on poor connections.
Kermit is an open protocol - anybody can base their own program on it, but some Kermit software and source code is copyright by Columbia University.