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IAB official protocol standards (RFC1130) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000001941D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 17 page(s) / 20K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency: AUTHOR [+1]

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10.17487/RFC1130: DOI


This memo describes the state of standardization of protocols used in the Internet as determined by the Internet Activities Board (IAB).

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Network Working Group Internet Activities Board Request for Comments: 1130 J. Postel, Editor Obsoletes: RFCs 1100, 1083 October 1989


Status of this Memo

This memo describes the state of standardization of protocols used in the Internet as determined by the Internet Activities Board (IAB). Distribution of this memo is unlimited.


An overview of the standards procedures is presented first, followed by discussions of the standardization process and the RFC document series, then the explanation of the terms is presented, the lists of protocols in each stage of standardization follows, and finally pointers to references and contacts for further information.

This memo is issued quarterly, please be sure the copy you are reading is dated within the last three months. Current copies may be obtained from the Network Information Center or from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (see the contact information at the end of this memo). Do not use this memo after 31-Jan-90.

See Section 6.1 for a description of recent changes.

1. Overview of Standards Procedures

The Internet Activities Board maintains a list of documents that define standards for the Internet protocol suite (see RFC-1120 for an explanation of the role and organization of the IAB). The IAB provides these standards with the goal of co-ordinating the evolution of the Internet protocols; this co-ordination has become quite important as the Internet protocols are increasingly in general commercial use.

Protocol standards may be suggested by anyone in the Internet community, by writing and submitting an RFC. In general, any suggested protocol will be reviewed or developed in the context of some Task Force of the IAB, or some research group or working group within that Task Force. The IAB will assign a suggested protocol to a working group or research group if official delegation is necessary.

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RFC 1130 IAB Standards October 1989

Given the important role of the Internet Engineering Task Force in the evolution of the Internet Architecture, all proposed protocols will be reviewed by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) which is composed of the Technical Area Directors.

The recommendation of the IESG and working group or research group is given major consideration in the decision by the IAB to assign a state and status to the protocol. The general policy is to gain implementation experience with a protocol before considering a possible designation as an official standard.

In cases where there is uncertainty as to the proper decision concerning a protocol, the IAB may convene a special review committee consisting of interested parties from the working group and members of the IAB itself, with the purpose of recommending some explicit action to the IAB.

A few protocols have achieved widespread implementation without the approval of the IAB. For example, some vendor protocols have become very important to the Int...