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Service center standards for remote usage: A user's view (RFC0231) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002875D
Original Publication Date: 1971-Sep-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 4 page(s) / 9K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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J.F. Heafner: AUTHOR [+1]



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Network Working Group J. Heafner - Rand

Request for Comments 231 E. Harslem - Rand

NIC 7648 21 September 1971







This note is a statement of our views on service cen- ter

standards. It is an input to the service center panel discussion of

the October Network meeting. Some areas are identified for

consideration in intra-network standardiza- tion. We do not describe

a methodology for analyzing com- puter systems; however, such analysis

may be appropriate for solving the problems. We also do not enumerate

the spectrum of services that may be required. We merely enu- merate

areas where commonality of appearance and function can be of immediate

value to a network user.



It is assumed that service centers will conform to official

network standard protocols. This is essential for service centers

since the effects of their practices are generally more wide-spread

and are crucial to the effectiveness of minimal hosts such as TIPs.



The generation of network standards for service centers is of

value to a very important class of people--the ultimate user

community. We have such a community at Rand that is composed of

research scientists and their support programmers. Certainly such

users exist elsewhere, and a goal of the net- work must be to

encourage their use. In the past, these researchers have relied

solely on programmers to buffer them from computer detail.

Standardization of services is cer- tainly a great value in expanding

the community of users and eliminating the buffer.

Additionally, standards will be of benefit to those persons

responsible for implementation of resource access programs. Instances

and areas of standardization are cited below to support both of these




Each host installation has its own standards for pro- gramming

and operational procedures. From a network point of view, we are only

interested in standards affecting external performance--primarily

required operations and documentation of procedures. Intra-network

standards should allow a user to plan his network use effectively to

improve the performance of his tasks and take advantage of savings in

both time and money.

Remote Job Entry


One immediately apparent area for standardization is in the