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Network Meeting Epilogue, etc (RFC0037) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003553D
Original Publication Date: 1970-Mar-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 4 page(s) / 8K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S.D. Crocker: AUTHOR


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Network Working Group S. Crocker

Request for Comments: 37 UCLA

20 March 1970

Network Meeting Epilogue, etc.

The Meeting


On Tuesday, March 17, 1970, I hosted a Network meeting at UCLA.

About 25 people attended, including representatives from MIT, LL,

BBN, Harvard, SRI, Utah, UCSB, SDC, RAND and UCLA. I presented a

modification of the protocol in NWG/RFC #33; the modifications are

sketchily documented in NWG/RFC #36. The main modification is the

facility for dynamic reconnection.

The protocol based on sockets and undistinguished simplex

connections is quite different from the previous protocol as

documented in NWG/RFC #11. The impetus for making such changes came

out of the network meeting on December 8, 1969, at Utah, at which

time the limitations of a log-in requirement and the inability to

connect arbitrary processes was seriously challenged. Accordingly,

the primary reason for the recent meeting was to sample opinion on

the new protocol.

Recollections may vary, but it is my opinion that the protocol was

widely accepted and that the criticism and discussion fell into two


1. Questioning the complexity and usefulness of the full protocol,

especially the need for dynamic reconnection.

2. Other topics, particularly character set translation, higher

level languages, incompatible equipment, etc.

Notably lacking was any criticism of the basic concepts of sockets

and connections. (Some have since surfaced.) The following

agreements were made:

1. By April 30, I would be responsible for publishing an

implementable specification along lines presented.

2. Any interested party would communicate with me (at least)

immediately if he wished to modify the protocol.

3. If major modifications come under consideration, interested

parties would meet again. This would happen in two to three


4. Jim Forgie of Lincoln Labs tentatively agreed to host a meeting

on higher level network languages, probably near Spring Joint


Mailing List Changes


Paul Rovner of LL is replaced by

James Forgie

Mass. Institute of Technology

Lincoln Laboratory C158

P.O. Box 73

Lexington, Mass. 02173

telephone at (617) 862-5500 ext. 7173

Professor George MEaly is added

George Mealy