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Data communications: IFIP's international "network" of experts (RFC0828)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003876D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 10 page(s) / 29K

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K. Owen: AUTHOR

Abstract

(This report has been written for IFIP by Kenneth Owen, former Technology Editor of The Times, London)

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Network Working Group K. Owen

Request for Comments: 828 IFIP

August 1982

DATA COMMUNICATIONS: IFIP'S INTERNATIONAL "NETWORK" OF EXPERTS

(This report has been written for IFIP by Kenneth Owen, former

Technology Editor of The Times, London)

[ This RFC is distributed to inform the ARPA Internet community of the

activities of the IFIP technical committee on Data Communications, and

to encourage participation in those activities. ]

A vital common thread which runs through virtually all current advances

in implementing and operating computer-based systems is that of data

communications. The interconnection of the various elements of complete

systems in new ways has become the driving force behind a substantial

research and development effort.

In both national and international systems, a variety of new options has

been opening up in recent years. Increasingly the development of these

new systems involves people and groups from a variety of

backgrounds--the computer industry, the telecommunications industry, the

national telecommunications authorities and the national and

international standards bodies.

In an area where the formerly distinct technologies of computing and

telecommunications have so clearly converged, the new technology

presents both opportunities and problems. And this convergence of

technologies demands an "interconnection" also between the various

groups mentioned above.

For different purposes, and in different parts of the world, the

specific technological solutions will vary, though drawing on the same

basic research and development. Global, regional, national and local

systems are all involved. Systems are being designed at a time when the

technology itself is continuing to advance rapidly and there are many

uncertainties in choosing the best directions fo follow. Nonetheless,

international standards must be developed and agreed.

This background -- of interacting elements of a complex, rapidly

advancing technology -- lies behind the work of Technical Committee 6

(TC 6) of the International Federation for Information Processing

(IFIP). IFIP's membership consists of the appropriate national

professional organizations, one per country, and its aims include the

promotion of information science and technology and the advancement of

international cooperation in this field.

The broad field of information processing is subdivided for IFIP

purposes into a number of specialist areas, each of which is covered by

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RFC 828 August 1982

one of the Federation's technical committees. TC 6 aims to promote the

exchange of information about data communication; to bridge some of the

gaps that exist between users, telecommunications administrations and

the manufactures of computers and equipment; and to cultivate working

contacts with o...