Summary of computer mail services meeting held at BBN on 10 January 1979 (RFC0808)
Original Publication Date: 1982-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
Network Working Group J. Postel
Request for Comments: 808 ISI
1 March 1982
SUMMARY OF COMPUTER MAIL SERVICES MEETING
HELD AT BBN ON 10 JANUARY 1979
This note is a very belated attempt to document a meeting that was
held three years ago to discuss the state of computer mail in the
ARPA community and to reach some conclusions to guide the further
development of computer mail systems such that a coherent total mail
service would continue to be provided.
Some important conclusions were reached at this meeting which limited
the extent to which mail systems were to incorporate new features in
the context of the existing service and specifications.
Unfortunately, this meeting and the conclusions were not documented,
and the specifications were not revised. This has led to continuing
problems in the mail service.
Due to the passage of time these notes are necessarily quite
incomplete. It is thought that there were a number of other
attendees. I would like to express my appreciation to those who
helped provide this information, especially Vint Cerf, Jack Haverty,
Danny Cohen, Bob Thomas, and Debbie Deutsch.
The Meeting Announcement:
On 10 January 1979 we are holding a meeting at BBN in Cambridge, MA,
starting at 0930, to discuss Message Service support on the ARPANET.
The purpose of the meeting is to provide a basis for any
standardization of efforts which may be necessary. We will take
stock of the various message services currently available on the
ARPANET, discuss problems which have been encountered between
different message systems, review current protocols and review
forthcoming developments. An agenda is given below. Each of you
should be prepared to discuss current problems you are aware of and
any developments which impact future message service.
Summary of Computer Mail Services Meeting 1 March 1982
The Meeting Agenda:
1. Present State of Affairs
. Survey of Message Systems
. Current Problems
. Format Protocols - RFC 560, 680, 733
. Distribution Service
2. Future Developments in Message Technology
. Multi-Media Techniques
. Impact of Personal Computers
. Distributed Service
- NSW Project
- Internetwork Addressing and Forwarding
3. Impact of Charging Technology on the Message Service
. Distribution of Messages
4. Managing the Message Service
5. Supporting the Message Service
1. Duane Adams opened the meeting. He indicated that we should be
concerned about computer mail as a total message service (not just as
a local user interface), and asked what impact on the message service
the developments in internetting and multimedia would have...