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Exercising The ARPANET (RFC0302)

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Original Publication Date: 1972-Feb-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 5K

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R.F. Bryan: AUTHOR



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NWG/RFC #302 UCSB Computer

NIC 9074 Research Laboratory

Roland F. Bryan

8 February 1972




1. Can a technically competent person, initially uninformed

as to network operation and naive as to the capabilities

of various time-shared terminal systems attached to the

Network, be able to develop problem solving competence

at server sites on the ARPANET?

2. What inherent user problems exist that complicate such


3. Once proficient in the use, what aspects of the various

sites limit the usability and what modifications should

be considered at both server and user sites to meet

various needs?

4. Should a user select a given site for composing and

editing all of his files for subsequent transfer to

other sites for processing or should he learn to compose

and edit at each of the sites doing his processing?

5. What are the problems in starting cooperating processes

at several sites? How does a user control such


Obtaining the Answers


Under the direction of UCSB Professor James Howard, a test

group of 14 graduate students was formed to pursue the questions

above, and any other aspect of ARPANET operation that they might


The test group has been given access to the 16 console On-Line

System classroom in the E.E. Department at UCSB. The 16 consoles

produce graphic and alphanumeric displays and are tied into the

UCSB Host 360-75 which gains them access to the network. Old

style Culler-Fried keyboards are being used which provide a

limited key set Jim White has managed to program around most of

the protocol problems brought about by these keyboards, but some

still remain.

Seminars were given to the test group to familiarize them

with software and hardware aspects of the ARPANET, the local NIC

file has been made available to the group, and the group has been

allowed to sign onto the Network to pursue any available system.

Following the initial period of two weeks, during which the

group developed some familiarity with the network, the test group

has been divided into working groups with emphasis as follows:

Patric Timlick } BBN-TENEX

Dave Stearns } BBN-TENEX B

John Pickens } SRI-ARC (NIC)

Doug Beaubien }

Dave Whitting...