n. The logical structure and operating principles (related to services, functions, and protocols, for example) of a computer network.
A set of design principles, including the organisation of functions and the description of data formats and procedures, used as the basis for the design and implementation of a network (ISO). A reference used for the definition and development of protocols and products for inter-networking between data processing systems, often used to define a hierarchy of communication function layers.
The logical structure and operating principles of a computer network. (T) The operating principles of a network include those of services, functions, and protocols.