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Formation of Network Measurement Group (NMG) (RFC0323) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003519D
Original Publication Date: 1972-Mar-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 7 page(s) / 14K

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On March 17, 1972, at MIT project MAC, the following group met to discuss plans to perform measurement experiments on the ARPANET:

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Network Working Group Vint Cerf

Request for Comments: 323 UCLA-NMC

NIC: 9630 March 23, 1972

Formation of Network Measurement Group (NMG)

On March 17, 1972, at MIT project MAC, the following group met to

discuss plans to perform measurement experiments on the ARPANET:

A. Bhushan - MIT/DMCG

V. Cerf - UCLA/NMC, Chairman, NMG

S. Crocker - ARPA/IPT

J. Forgie - LL/TX-2

R. Metcalfe - MIT/HARV/DMCG

M. Padlipsky - MIT/MULTICS

J. Postel - UCLA/NMC

J. Winett - LL/67

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss existing and planned

measurements of network and HOST behavior.

1. Measurement Link #'s

It was agreed (after a ridiculously long discussion) to allocate

links 159-191 for network measurement only (see RFC #317). It was

further agreed that these links would be allocated in the following


159-174 HOST DISCARD; co-operating HOSTS receiving messages on

these links will throw them away without generating an

error message.

175-190 To be allocated as needed by V. Cerf - UCLA/NMC.

191 To be used by IMPs to send measurement traffic

obtained from IMP statistics packages.

It should be apparent that HOSTs wishing to co-operate in the support

of a HOST discard service should modify their NCP's to throw away all

messages received on links 159-174 without sending an error back to

the source HOST (no connection will be open on these links).

2. Process Discard

Although it was not mentioned at the meeting, C. Kline at UCLA has

suggested a PROCESS DISCARD also with some well known socket number.

The purpose of this discard routine would be to help us study

Process-Process behavior of the network.

It would be convenient if all co-operating HOSTs could write a

Process Discard program which would simply wait for ICP on some

standard socket number. Until a complete survey is made of well-

known socket numbers at each HOST, no socket number will be proposed

(see RFC #322).

3. NCP Statistics

At the meeting it was apparent that several sites have already

instrumented their NCP's out of curiosity. In particular, Joel

Winett, Lincoln Labs (360/67), has instrumented all connections

originated by local TELNET users. He gathers statistics per

connection such as: