IMP System change notifications (RFC0271)
Original Publication Date: 1972-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
Network Working Group Bernard Cosell RFC # 271 BBN NIC 7819 3 January 1972 Categories: B.1 Updates: None Obsoletes: None
IMP System Change Notification ------------------------------
We are planning to install a new version of the IMP System, version 2514. The new version is scheduled for field installation Thursday, January 13, 1972 between noon and 1 PM EST, and will require the assistance of IMP-site personnel at each site.
There were two principal problems with version 2513, both related to the delay inserted between the time when a Host comes up and the time when its IMP will accept the second packet from the Host. The first was that the delay was lengthened to slightly over 40 seconds, which caused hardware difficulties for some Hosts. The second was that there was an ambiguity that could make the delay run as long as a minute and a quarter. On the first point, the delay has been backed off from 40 seconds to 30 seconds, as it was for IMP systems prior to 2513. On the second point, the ambiguity has been entirely removed. (Note, however, that BBN Report No. 1822, on page 23, specifies that the delay may range from 30 to 90 seconds, and that future versions may require a longer delay.)
In summary, a Host may come alive in one of two ways, corres- ponding to the two ways in which the Host can go down. If the Host went down voluntarily (by sending a "Host going down" to the IMP), the Host indicates his intention to come alive by sending the IMP something. If the Host went down involuntarily (by dropping his ready line), the Host indicates his intention to come alive by bringing his ready line back up. In either case
the IMP will refuse to accept more than one packet from the Host for 30 seconds after the Host has indicated his intention to come alive. Notice, however, that the Host must be prepared to accept all messages from the Network from the instant that he indicates his intention to come alive.* This particular point seems to have given many Hosts difficulty in running through their standar...