Network and infrastructure user requirements for transatlantic research collaboration: Brussels, July 16-18, and Washington July 24-25, 1990 (RFC1210)
Original Publication Date: 1991-Mar-01
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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
V.G. Cerf: AUTHOR [+2]
This report complements a shorter printed version which appeared in a summary report of all the committees which met in Brussels and Washington last July, 1990. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard.
Network Working Group V. Cerf Request for Comments: 1210 CNRI P. Kirstein UCL B. Randell Newcastle on Tyne Editors March 1991
Network and Infrastructure User Requirements for Transatlantic Research Collaboration Brussels, July 16-18, and Washington July 24-25, 1990
Status of this Memo
This report complements a shorter printed version which appeared in a summary report of all the committees which met in Brussels and Washington last July, 1990. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
This report summarises user requirements for networking and related infrastructure facilities needed to enable effective cooperation between US and European research teams participating in the planned ESPRIT-DARPA/NSF programme of collaborative research in Information Science and Technology. It analyses the problems and disparities of the current facilities, and suggests appropriate one and three year targets for improvements. It proposes a number of initial actions aimed at achieving these targets. Finally, the workshop has identified a non-exhaustive set of important issues upon which support of future research will depend. These issues could be studied in the short term, with the aim of initiating a programme of joint research in collaboration technology within the next year.
SUMMARY OF PRINCIPAL RECOMMENDATIONS AND TARGETS
EMAIL (6.1) Initiate an intercontinental email operations forum involving email service providers in the US and Europe to define and implement operational procedures leading to high reliability. The forum should be tasked with analysing interoperability problems in the existing email systems, and with developing functional and performance specifications for email gateways (relays). In addition an international email user support group should be organized. The target would be to achieve, within one year, routine expectation of proper and timely (less than one hour campus to campus) delivery of
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messages. The three year target would be to provide global directory services, a return/receipt facility, and support for privacy and authenticity.
COMPOUND DOCUMENTS (6.2) Hold a workshop to review the ongoing compound document research and development programmes in the two regions. One aim would be to recommend services, based on proprietary compound document email for groups using specific conforming products, for deployment within the first year. Another would be to propose work items in the NSF/DARPA and ESPRIT programmes to ensure a timely collaborative programme could start in mid-1991, with a three year target of supporting open system compound document email.
DIRECTORY SERVICES (6.3) Initiate a formal collaboration between ongoing US and European efforts to implement and maintain the relevant directory databases. Within the first year prov...