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Use of the Internet as a subnetwork for experimentation with the OSI network layer (RFC1070)

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Original Publication Date: 1989-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 14 page(s) / 34K

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R.A. Hagens: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Since the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) network layer protocols are in their infancy, both interest in their development and concern for their potential impact on internetworking are widespread. This interest has grown substantially with the introduction of the US Government OSI Profile (GOSIP), which mandates, for the US Government, the use of OSI products in the near future. The OSI network layer protocols have not yet received significant experimentation and testing. The status of the protocols in the OSI network layer varies from ISO International Standard to "contribution" (not yet a Draft Proposal). We believe that thorough testing of the protocols and implementations of the protocols should take place concurrently with the progression of the protocols to ISO standards. For this reason, the creation of an environment for experimentation with these protocols is timely.

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Network Working Group R. Hagens

Request for Comments: 1070 U of Wiscsonsin - Madison

N. Hall

U of Wiscsonsin - Madison

M. Rose

The Wollongong Group

February 1989

Use of the Internet as a Subnetwork for

Experimentation with the OSI Network Layer

Status of this Memo

This RFC proposes a scenario for experimentation with the

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Open Systems

Interconnection (OSI) network layer protocols over the Internet and

requests discussion and suggestions for improvements to this

scenario. This RFC also proposes the creation of an experimental OSI

internet. To participate in the experimental OSI internet, a system

must abide by the agreements set forth in this RFC. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

WARNING

The methods proposed in this RFC are suitable ONLY for experimental

use on a limited scale. These methods are not suitable for use in an

operational environment.

Introduction

Since the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Open

Systems Interconnection (OSI) network layer protocols are in their

infancy, both interest in their development and concern for their

potential impact on internetworking are widespread. This interest

has grown substantially with the introduction of the US Government

OSI Profile (GOSIP), which mandates, for the US Government, the use

of OSI products in the near future. The OSI network layer protocols

have not yet received significant experimentation and testing. The

status of the protocols in the OSI network layer varies from ISO

International Standard to "contribution" (not yet a Draft Proposal).

We believe that thorough testing of the protocols and implementations

of the protocols should take place concurrently with the progression

of the protocols to ISO standards. For this reason, the creation of

an environment for experimentation with these protocols is timely.

Thorough testing of network and transport layer protocols for

internetworking requires a large, varied, and complex environment.

While an implementor of the OSI protocols may of course test an

implementation locally, few implementors have the resources to create

a sufficiently large dynamic topology in which to test the protocols

and implementations well.

One way to create such an environment is to implement the OSI network

layer protocols in the existing routers in an existing internetwork.

This solution is likely to be disruptive due to the immature state of

the OSI network layer protocols and implementations, coupled with the

fact that a large set of routers would h...