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IAB official protocol standards (RFC1083) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001892D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 10 page(s) / 25K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: AUTHOR [+2]


Status of this Memo

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Network Working Group Internet Activities Board

Request for Comments: 1083 December 1988


Status of this Memo

This memo describes the state of standardization of protocols used in

the Internet as determined by the Internet Activities Board (IAB).

An overview of the standards procedures is presented first, followed

by discussions of the standardization process and the RFC document

series, then the explanation of the terms is presented, the lists of

protocols in each stage of standardization follows, and finally

pointers to references and contacts for further information.

This memo is issued quarterly, please be sure the copy you are

reading is dated within the last three months. Current copies may be

obtained from the Network Information Center or from the Internet

Assigned Numbers Authority (see the contact information at the end of

this memo). Do not use this memo after 31-March-89.

Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

1. Overview of Standards Procedures

The Internet Activities Board maintains a list of documents that

define standards for the Internet protocol suite. It provides these

standards with the goal of co-ordinating the evolution of the

Internet protocols; this co-ordination has become quite important as

the Internet protocols are increasingly in general commercial use.

Protocol standards may be proposed by anyone in the Internet

community, by writing and submitting an RFC. In general, any

proposed protocol will be reviewed or developed in the context of

some Task Force of the IAB, or some working group within that Task

Force. The IAB will assign a proposed protocol to a working group if

official delegation is necessary.

The recommendation of the working group or task force is given major

consideration in the decision by the IAB to assign a state and status

to the protocol. The general policy is not to designate a protocol

as an official standard until there is implementation experience with


In cases where there is uncertainty as to the proper decision

concerning a protocol, the IAB may convene a special review committee

consisting of interested parties from the working group and members

of the IAB itself, with the purpose of recommending some explicit

action to the IAB.

It is possible to proceed with widespread implementation of a

standard without the approval of the IAB. For example, some vendor

standards have become very important to the Internet community even

though they have not been proposed or reviewed by the IAB. However,

the IAB strongly recommends that the IAB standards process be used in

the evolution of the protocol suite to maximize interoperability (and

to prevent incompatible protocol requirements from arising). The IAB

reserves the use of the term "standard" in any RFC to only those

protocols which the IAB has approv...