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Implementation plan for interagency research Internet (RFC1015) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001819D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 20 page(s) / 58K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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B.M. Leiner: AUTHOR


Computer networks are critical in providing scientists access to computing resources (such as supercomputers) and permitting computer supported interaction between researchers. Several agencies, recognizing this need, have established networks to provide the needed communications infrastructure. The need for this infrastructure, though, cuts across the various agencies. To that end, the FCCSET Committee on Very High Performance Computing Network Working Group has recommended the formation of an Interagency Research Internet (IRI) [1].

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Network Working Group Barry M. Leiner

Request for Comments: 1015 RIACS

July 1987

Implementation Plan for Interagency Research Internet


The RFC proposes an Interagency Research Internet as the natural

outgrowth of the current Internet. This is an "idea paper" and

discussion is strongly encouraged. Distribution of this memo is



Networking has become widespread in the scientific community, and

even more so in the computer science community. There are networks

being supported by a number of the Federal agencies interested in

scientific research, and many scientists throughout the country have

access to one or more of these networks. Furthermore, there are many

resources (such as supercomputers) that are accessible via these


While many of these networks are interconnected on an informal

basis, there is currently no consistent mechanism to allow sharing

of the networking resources. Recognizing this problem, the FCCSET

Committee on Very High Performance Computing formed a Network

Working Group. This group has recommended an administrative and

management structure for interconnecting the current and planned

agency networks supporting research. The structure is based on the

concept of a network of networks using standard networking


This report elaborates on the earlier recommendation and provides an

implementation plan. It addresses three major areas; communications

infrastructure, user support, and ongoing research. A management and

administrative structure is recommended for each area, and a

budgetary estimate provided. A phased approach for implementation

is suggested that will quickly provide interconnection and lead to

the full performance and functionality as the required technologies

are developed and installed. While this report addresses the

interconnection of agency networks, and cooperation by certain

federal agencies, some discussion is presented of the possible role

that industry can play in support and use of such a network.

Work reported herein was supported by Cooperative Agreement NCC 2-

387 from the National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration (NASA) to

the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). This report was

prepared in response to a request from John Cavallini, Chairman of

the Networking Working Group of the FCCSET Committee on Very High

Performance Computing.