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A Discussion on Computer Network Conferencing (RFC1324)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002146D
Original Publication Date: 1992-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-10
Document File: 11 page(s) / 16K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

D. Reed: AUTHOR

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC1324: DOI

Abstract

This memo is intended to make more people aware of the present developments in the Computer Conferencing field as well as put forward ideas on what should be done to formalize this work so that there is a common standard for programmers and others who are involved in this field to work with. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard.

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Network Working Group D. Reed Request for Comments: 1324 May 1992

A Discussion on Computer Network Conferencing

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This memo is intended to make more people aware of the present developments in the Computer Conferencing field as well as put forward ideas on what should be done to formalize this work so that there is a common standard for programmers and others who are involved in this field to work with. It is also the intention of this memo to stimulate the computer community and generate some useful discussion about the merits of this field.

Introduction

Computer network conferencing is just now starting to grow and take advantage of the modern technology that is available. Although there are some systems which have been around for some time (BRC - Bitnet Relay Chat and IRC - Internet Relay Chat), there has not been any real move to bring them together under a single protocol. This has led to various protocols and different systems coming to life. As these different systems continue to pop up, it is becoming more obvious that there is need of a standard in this area for developers to follow without the need of worrying about protocol clashes.

In any implementation of a conferencing program, there are likely to be two main components: (1) a client program or interface which users enter commands into (hereafter referred to as a "client") and 2) a server program which acts as a multiplexor for various clients which connect to it. There are other expectations and requirements for both servers and clients which are mentioned in more detail later.

Table of Contents

1.0 Network Conferencing Today........................... 2 1.1 Conferencing in general today........................ 2 1.2 Talk/phone vs. conferencing.......................... 3 1.3 Advantages of realtime network conferencing.......... 3 2.0 Goals for what a protocol should provide............. 4

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RFC 1324 Computer Network Conferencing May 1992

2.1 State Information problems........................... 4 2.2 Network barriers..................................... 4 2.3 User needs........................................... 4 2.3.1 User privacy......................................... 4 2.3.2 Realtime Expectations................................ 5 2.4 Message Delivery..................................... 5 2.4.1 Deficiencies in using IP only........................ 5 2.4.2 Flexibility.......................................... 5 2.4.3 Building a flexible transport protocol............... 5 2.5 Network Structure.................................... 5 2.5.1 Size................................................. 5 3.0 Usage................................................ 6 4.0 Setting it up........................................ 6 4.1 Installation......................................... 6 4.2 Controlling growth........

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