Network Meeting Epilogue, etc (RFC0037)
Original Publication Date: 1970-Mar-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
The Meeting -----------
Network Working Group S. Crocker
Request for Comments: 37 UCLA
20 March 1970
Network Meeting Epilogue, etc.
On Tuesday, March 17, 1970, I hosted a Network meeting at UCLA.
About 25 people attended, including representatives from MIT, LL,
BBN, Harvard, SRI, Utah, UCSB, SDC, RAND and UCLA. I presented a
modification of the protocol in NWG/RFC #33; the modifications are
sketchily documented in NWG/RFC #36. The main modification is the
facility for dynamic reconnection.
The protocol based on sockets and undistinguished simplex
connections is quite different from the previous protocol as
documented in NWG/RFC #11. The impetus for making such changes came
out of the network meeting on December 8, 1969, at Utah, at which
time the limitations of a log-in requirement and the inability to
connect arbitrary processes was seriously challenged. Accordingly,
the primary reason for the recent meeting was to sample opinion on
the new protocol.
Recollections may vary, but it is my opinion that the protocol was
widely accepted and that the criticism and discussion fell into two
1. Questioning the complexity and usefulness of the full protocol,
especially the need for dynamic reconnection.
2. Other topics, particularly character set translation, higher
level languages, incompatible equipment, etc.
Notably lacking was any criticism of the basic concepts of sockets
and connections. (Some have since surfaced.) The following
agreements were made:
1. By April 30, I would be responsible for publishing an
implementable specification along lines presented.
2. Any interested party would communicate with me (at least)
immediately if he wished to modify the protocol.
3. If major modifications come under consideration, interested
parties would meet again. This would happen in two to three
4. Jim Forgie of Lincoln Labs tentatively agreed to host a meeting
on higher level network languages, probably near Spring Joint
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