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Requirements for Internet gateways (RFC1009)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001812D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R.T. Braden: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The following material is intended as an introduction and background for those unfamiliar with the Internet architecture and the Internet gateway model. General background and discussion on the Internet architecture and supporting protocol suite can be found in the DDN Protocol Handbook [25] and ARPANET Information Brochure [26], see also [19, 28, 30, 31].

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Network Working Group R. Braden

Request for Comments: 1009 J. Postel

Obsoletes: 985 ISI

June 1987

Requirements for Internet Gateways

Status of this Memo

This document is a formal statement of the requirements to be met by

gateways used in the Internet system. As such, it is an official

specification for the Internet community. Distribution of this memo

is unlimited.

This RFC summarizes the requirements for gateways to be used between

networks supporting the Internet protocols. While it was written

specifically to support National Science Foundation research

programs, the requirements are stated in a general context and are

applicable throughout the Internet community.

The purpose of this document is to present guidance for vendors

offering gateway products that might be used or adapted for use in an

Internet application. It enumerates the protocols required and gives

references to RFCs and other documents describing the current

specifications. In a number of cases the specifications are evolving

and may contain ambiguous or incomplete information. In these cases

further discussion giving specific guidance is included in this

document. Specific policy issues relevant to the NSF scientific

networking community are summarized in an Appendix. As other

specifications are updated this document will be revised. Vendors

are encouraged to maintain contact with the Internet research

community.

1. Introduction

The following material is intended as an introduction and background

for those unfamiliar with the Internet architecture and the Internet

gateway model. General background and discussion on the Internet

architecture and supporting protocol suite can be found in the DDN

Protocol Handbook [25] and ARPANET Information Brochure [26], see

also [19, 28, 30, 31].

The Internet protocol architecture was originally developed under

DARPA sponsorship to meet both military and civilian communication

requirements [32]. The Internet system presently supports a variety

of government and government-sponsored operational and research

activities. In particular, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is

building a major extension to the Internet to provide user access to

RFC 1009 - Requirements for Internet Gateways June 1987

national supercomputer centers and other national scientific

resources, and to provide a computer networking capability to a large

number of universities and colleges.

In this document there are many terms that may be obscure to one

unfamiliar with the Internet protocols. There is not much to be done

about that but to learn, so dive in. There are a few terms that are

much abused in general discussion but are carefully and intentionally

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