Understanding the X/Open Transport Interface (XTI)

The X/Open Transport Interface (XTI) specification defines an independent transport-service interface that allows multiple users to communicate at the transport level of the OSI reference model. Transport-layer protocols support the following characteristics:
  • connection establishment
  • state change support
  • event handling
  • data transfer
  • option manipulation

Although all transport-layer protocols support these characteristics, they vary in their level of support and their interpretation of format.