layered-protocols technique

layered-protocols technique

[′lā·ərd ′prōd·ə‚kȯlz tek′nēk]
(communications)
A technique for isolating the functions required in a data communications network so that these functions can be set up in a modular fashion and changes can be made in one area without affecting the others.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.