Service center standards for remote usage: A user's view (RFC0231)
Original Publication Date: 1971-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
J.F. Heafner: AUTHOR [+1]
Network Working Group J. Heafner - Rand Request for Comments 231 E. Harslem - Rand NIC 7648 21 September 1971
SERVICE CENTER STANDARDS ------------------------ FOR REMOTE USAGE--A USER’S VIEW -------------------------------
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 statements.
AREAS FOR STANDARDIZATION -------------------------
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 access to network resources. For example, there are two remote job entry (RJE) facilities on the network at present with two different data protocols. The UCSB facility was developed early to provide timely access to their resources. The UCLA facility was developed after the Telnet and Data Transfer protocols and takes advantage of them. If these two services appeared alike to the user and to the using process, two significant advantages would be obtained. First, the using system would need only one module to access both fac...