What is Adaptive Internet Protocol (AIP)?

Internet protocols are the set of rules of a network so that a packet of data travels across the network. Data travels over the networks in the packet. Domain for this transportation of the data is called the IP address. Most of the protocols used for this are TCP and UDP.

Now let us discuss one of the protocols which allow running multiple platforms, that is AIP. The full form of AIP is Adaptive Internet Protocol.

Adaptive Internet Protocol (AIP)

It is a multichannel protocol used to allow an application which is running on multiple platforms, displayed on any number of client systems.

AIP supports remote display and input services with a number of display options which is used to deliver the remote application onto local display through a standalone window or remote environment.

The AIP supports audio, printing, and other device mapping services.

It supports the following operating systems

  • Solaris 10 (SPARC and x86);

  • Solaris 8 and 9 (SPARC only)

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and 5

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

  • Fedora Core 6


Given below is the stepwise explanation about the functioning of AIP −

  • Step 1 − AIP is going to provide a connection between the client system and remote applications through the Sun Secure Global Desktop Server.

  • Step 2 − Clients exist for operating systems like Linux, Solaris and Mac OS X .and most versions of Windows.

  • Step 3 − The server runs on Solaris and Linux platforms.

  • Step 4 − The Secure Global Desktop Server additionally connects to back-end servers where the applications run using native display protocols like RDP, ssh, X11, TN5250 or TN3270.

  • Step 5 − These "application server" platforms can be Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Windows 2000 Datacenter Server and Windows Server 2003, or

  •  Step 6 − Windows client platforms that support RDP such as Windows XP and Windows Vista, as well as other operating systems such as Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX and IBM application servers.


The features of AIP are as follows −

  • 24-bit colour support, giving a palette of 16.7 million colours, 256-bit encryption, using the AES encryption algorithm.

  • Transport Layer Security support.

  • Audio − This protocol allows users to run audio program on the remote servers and redirected the sound to their local computer

  • File System Redirection − AIP protocol helps the users to use their local files within the terminal session on a remote desktop.

  • Printer Redirection − AIP allows users to use their local printer within the application session.

  • Port Redirection − To access local series ports directly it allows applications running within the terminal session.

  • Clipboard can be shared between the remote computer and the local computer.


The advantages of AIP are as follows −

  • It supports remote display

  • Firewall friendly ways can be configured.

  • Provides greater security and mobility.

The disadvantage of AIP is the expense for its licence as it is comparatively costly.