Electric Power Research Institute Comments on IPng (RFC1673)
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
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Network Working Group R. Skelton
Request for Comments: 1673 EPRI
Category: Informational August 1994
Electric Power Research Institute Comments on IPng
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This document was submitted to the IETF IPng area in response to RFC
1550. Publication of this document does not imply acceptance by the
IPng area of any ideas expressed within. Comments should be
submitted to the email@example.com mailing list.
The question of the future of the Internet protocol (IP) is an issue
of national if not international concern. It is critical to the
building of a National Information Infrastructure, comparable to the
adoption of basic standards for the industrial era such as railways,
highways and electricity.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is a non-profit
organization, with 700 voluntary utility members, managing a
technical research and development program for the electric utility
industry to improve power production, distribution and use. The
electric power industry is a major user of computing and
communications and is fully committed to open systems.
While the industry is today a heavy user of the Internet Protocol
Suite (IPS) it is following a long term strategy based on
international standards developed by ISO and CCITT and national
standards developed by the IEEE, ANSI and other standards bodies that
employ formal review and voting procedures.
This strategy is based on a survey of needs in all aspects of the
electrical power supply enterprise. It concluded that these needs
are met more effectively by the current suite of OSI protocols and
international standards under development. Therefore, EPRI developed
the Utility Communications Architecture (UCA) specification for
communications and the Database Access Integrated Services
specification for data exchange both based on the OSI model and
These specifications have been incorporated into the Industry
Government Open Systems Specification (IGOSS). They are receiving
favorable response and application by the industry and its suppliers
as well as the support of the natural gas and waterworks industries.
The issues facing the Internet community concerning growth and the
address and routing limitations of IP in particular, provide an ideal
opportunity for creating the national uniform information transport
superhighway. This is critical to the NII Agenda and the only
proposal that will achieve this goal is one that is acceptable from
both private and public sector viewpoints with both a national and an
EPRI also believes it is cr...