Kermit - Computer Definition
- Kermit the Frog. The green frog puppet star of The Muppet Show.
- An asynchronous file transfer protocol that organizes data into 128-byte blocks and employs a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) for excellent error control. Kermit operates over a wide variety of connections, including dial-up modem connections and TCP/IP connections. Although Kermit is not in the public domain, Columbia University generally allows its use at no charge, so most communications protocols support it. Kermit was developed by the Columbia University Computer center in 1981 and named for Kermit the Frog. See also asynchronous, block, CRC, protocol, XMODEM, and ZMODEM.
A file transfer protocol developed at Columbia University, noted for its adaptability to noisy lines, enabling transfers to succeed under the worst conditions. Kermit supports streaming over the Internet, sliding windows for links with long round-trip delays, record and character conversion of text files, restart/recovery from point of failure and platform-independent transfer of directory trees with a mix of text and binary files. Kermit Software Kermit is also the name of a large family of software that implements the Kermit protocol on a huge number of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Unix, Linux, OpenVMS and IBM mainframes. The programs offer file transfer, file management and terminal emulation with connections for serial ports and modems as well as TCP/IP. Support for encryption and authentication (SSL, TLS, SSH, Kerberos) is also provided. In most cases, a full programming language is built in for automating communications tasks. For more information, visit http://kermit.columbia.edu.