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Electric Power Research Institute Comments on IPng (RFC1673)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002510D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 3 page(s) / 7K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Skelton: AUTHOR

Abstract

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 big-internet@munnari.oz.au mailing list.

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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

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

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 big-internet@munnari.oz.au mailing list.

Executive Summary

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

international standards.

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

international perspective.

EPRI also believes it is cr...