Network requirements for scientific research: Internet task force on scientific computing (RFC1017)
Original Publication Date: 1987-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-15
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This RFC identifies the requirements on communication networks for supporting scientific research. It proposes some specific areas for near term work, as well as some long term goals. This is an "idea" paper and discussion is strongly encouraged.
Network Working Group Barry M. Leiner Request for Comments: 1017 RIACS August 1987
Network Requirements for Scientific Research
Internet Task Force on Scientific Computing
STATUS OF THIS MEMO
This RFC identifies the requirements on communication networks for supporting scientific research. It proposes some specific areas for near term work, as well as some long term goals. This is an "idea" paper and discussion is strongly encouraged. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
Computer networks are critical to scientific research. They are currently being used by portions of the scientific community to support access to remote resources (such as supercomputers and data at collaborator’s sites) and collaborative work through such facilities as electronic mail and shared databases. There is considerable movement in the direction of providing these capabilities to the broad scientific community in a unified manner, as evidence by this workshop. In the future, these capabilities will even be required in space, as the Space Station becomes a reality as a scientific research resource.
The purpose of this paper is to identify the range of requirements for networks that are to support scientific research. These requirements include the basic connectivity provided by the links and switches of the network through the basic network functions to the user services that need to be provided to allow effective use of the interconnected network. The paper has four sections. The first section discusses the functions a user requires of a network. The second section discusses the requirements for the underlying link and node infrastructure while the third proposes a set of specifications to achieve the functions on an end-to-end basis. The fourth section discusses a number of network-oriented user services that are needed in addition to the network itself. In each section, the discussion is broken into two categories. The first addresses near term requirements: those capabilities and functions that are needed today and for which technology is available to perform the function. The second category concerns long term goals: those capabilities for which additional research is needed.
This RFC was produced by the IAB Task force a Scientific Computing,
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RFC 1017 Requirements for Scientific Research August 1987
which is chartered to investigate advanced networking requirements that result from scientific applications. Work reported herein was supported in part by Cooperative Agreement NCC 2-387 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).
1. NETWORK FUNCTIONS
This section addresses the functions and capabilities that networks and particularly internetworks should be expected to support in the near term future.
Near Term Requirements
There are many functions that are currently available to subsets of the user community. These functions should be made available to the broad...