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ARPA Internet Protocol policy (RFC0902)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003952D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 5 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J.K. Reynolds: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The purpose of this memo is to explain how protocol standards are adopted for the ARPA-Internet and the DARPA research community. There are three important aspects to be discussed: the process, the authority, and the complex relationship between the DARPA community and the DDN community. To do this some background must be given and some of the players described.

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Network Working Group J. Postel

Request for Comments: 902 J. Reynolds

ISI

July 1984

ARPA-Internet Protocol Policy

Status of this Memo

This memo is a policy statement on how protocols become official

standards for the ARPA-Internet and the DARPA research community.

This is an official policy statement of the ICCB and the DARPA.

Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Introduction

The purpose of this memo is to explain how protocol standards are

adopted for the ARPA-Internet and the DARPA research community.

There are three important aspects to be discussed: the process, the

authority, and the complex relationship between the DARPA community

and the DDN community. To do this some background must be given and

some of the players described.

DARPA = Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

DDN = Defense Data Network

The DARPA World

The DARPA world is headed up by the DARPA office. DARPA sponsors

research on many subjects with a number of contractors. This set of

contractors is called the "DARPA research community". DARPA

typically casts its research efforts into "programs" that involve

work by several contractors. One program is the "Internet Program",

which is researching computer communications issues and constructing

experimental communication systems. When the experiments are

successful, the results are often put into use to support further

work in the Internet Program and other DARPA research programs. In

this way, DARPA developed the ARPANET, SATNET, Packet Radio Networks,

and the Internet.

In 1981 DARPA established the Internet Configuration Control Board

(ICCB) to help manage the DARPA Internet Program.

RFC 902 July 1984

DARPA Internet Protocol Policy

The ICCB

The concerns of the ICCB fall into two categories:

Short Term Issues:

Keeping the Internet operating as an on-going resource, i.e.,

dealing with problems that arise due to the growth in the size

of the system and the level of use of the system. Sometimes

this suggests research on new procedures and algorithms, or

suggests changes to the existing protocols and procedures.

Sometimes the results of long range research become available

and their introduction into the current system becomes a short

term concern.

Long Term Issue...