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Towards the Future Internet Architecture (RFC1287)

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Original Publication Date: 1991-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 29 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

D. Clark: AUTHOR [+4]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1287: DOI

Abstract

This informational RFC discusses important directions for possible future evolution of the Internet architecture, and suggests steps towards the desired goals. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard.

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Network Working Group D. Clark Request for Comments: 1287 MIT L. Chapin BBN V. Cerf CNRI R. Braden ISI R. Hobby UC Davis December 1991

Towards the Future Internet Architecture

Status of this Memo

This informational RFC discusses important directions for possible future evolution of the Internet architecture, and suggests steps towards the desired goals. It is offered to the Internet community for discussion and comment. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION ................................................. 2

2. ROUTING AND ADDRESSING ....................................... 5

3. MULTI-PROTOCOL ARCHITECTURES ................................. 9

4. SECURITY ARCHITECTURE ........................................ 13

5 TRAFFIC CONTROL AND STATE .................................... 16

6. ADVANCED APPLICATIONS ........................................ 18

7. REFERENCES ................................................... 21

APPENDIX A. Setting the Stage .................................... 22

APPENDIX B. Group Membership ..................................... 28

Security Considerations .......................................... 29

Authors’ Addresses ............................................... 29

Clark, Chapin, Cerf, Braden, & Hobby [Page 1]

RFC 1287 Future of Internet Architecture December 1991

1. INTRODUCTION

1.1 The Internet Architecture

The Internet architecture, the grand plan behind the TCP/IP protocol suite, was developed and tested in the late 1970s by a small group of network researchers [1-4]. Several important features were added to the architecture during the early 1980’s -- subnetting, autonomous systems, and the domain name system [5,6]. More recently, IP multicasting has been added [7].

Within this architectural framework, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has been working with great energy and effectiveness to engineer, define, extend, test, and standardize protocols for the Internet. Three areas of particular importance have been routing protocols, TCP performance, and network management. Meanwhile, the Internet infrastructure has continued to grow at an astonishing rate. Since January 1983 when the ARPANET first switched from NCP to TCP/IP, the vendors, managers, wizards, and researchers of the Internet have all been laboring mightily to survive their success.

A set of the researchers who had defined the Internet architecture formed the original membership of the Internet Activities Board (IAB). The IAB evolved from a technical advisory group set up in 1981 by DARPA to become the general technical and policy oversight body for the Internet. IAB membership has changed over the years to better represent the changing needs and issues in the Internet community, and more recently, to reflect the internationalization of the Internet, but it has retained an institutional concern for the protocol arc...

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