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Network requirements for scientific research: Internet task force on scientific computing (RFC1017)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001821D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 17 page(s) / 45K

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B.M. Leiner: AUTHOR

Abstract

Computer networks are critical to scientific research. They are currently being used by portions of the scientific community to support access to remote resources (such as supercomputers and data at collaborator's sites) and collaborative work through such facilities as electronic mail and shared databases. There is considerable movement in the direction of providing these capabilities to the broad scientific community in a unified manner, as evidence by this workshop. In the future, these capabilities will even be required in space, as the Space Station becomes a reality as a scientific research resource.

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Network Working Group Barry M. Leiner

Request for Comments: 1017 RIACS

August 1987

Network Requirements for Scientific Research

Internet Task Force on Scientific Computing

STATUS OF THIS MEMO

This RFC identifies the requirements on communication networks for

supporting scientific research. It proposes some specific areas for

near term work, as well as some long term goals. This is an "idea"

paper and discussion is strongly encouraged. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

INTRODUCTION

Computer networks are critical to scientific research. They are

currently being used by portions of the scientific community to

support access to remote resources (such as supercomputers and data

at collaborator's sites) and collaborative work through such

facilities as electronic mail and shared databases. There is

considerable movement in the direction of providing these

capabilities to the broad scientific community in a unified manner,

as evidence by this workshop. In the future, these capabilities will

even be required in space, as the Space Station becomes a reality as

a scientific research resource.

The purpose of this paper is to identify the range of requirements

for networks that are to support scientific research. These

requirements include the basic connectivity provided by the links and

switches of the network through the basic network functions to the

user services that need to be provided to allow effective use of the

interconnected network. The paper has four sections. The first

section discusses the functions a user requires of a network. The

second section discusses the requirements for the underlying link and

node infrastructure while the third proposes a set of specifications

to achieve the functions on an end-to-end basis. The fourth section

discusses a number of network-oriented user services that are needed

in addition to the network itself. In each section, the discussion

is broken into two categories. The first addresses near term

requirements: those capabilities and functions that are needed today

and for which technology is available to perform the function. The

second category concerns long term goals: those capabilities for

which additional research is needed.

This RFC was produced by the IAB Task force a Scientific Computing,

which is chartered to investigate advanced networking requirements

that result from scientific applications. Work reported herein was

supported ...