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Distributed resources workshop announcement (RFC0504) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003637D
Original Publication Date: 1973-Apr-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 4 page(s) / 8K

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R. Thomas: AUTHOR


Title: Automated Resource Sharing on the ARPANET

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Network Working Group Bob Thomas

RFC # 504 BBN

NIC # 16155 April 30, 1973

Workshop Announcement

Title: Automated Resource Sharing on the ARPANET

Date: Monday May 21, 1973

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Place: Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc., Cambridge, Mass.

Hosts: TENEX and TIP Groups at BBN



This workshop will focus on various aspects of the question:

What steps can be taken to automate access to the distributed

resources on the ARPANET?

In particular, how can we move from where we are today toward an

environment which facilitates resource sharing by moving the burden of

dealing with the network from the human user to processes which act on

his behalf? Additionally, operating systems themselves perform various

operations not directly initiated by human users which could better be

performed with the availability of resources on other systems (e.g.

file system backup); how can we move toward an environment which

facilitates such system-system cooperation?

Objectives of Workshop:


1. To identify and clarify the issues raised by automated resource


What are the obstacles preventing more widespread resource sharing

on the ARPANET? Are they technical, political, administrative in

nature? Is it that there are few resources worth sharing (we don't

think so)? Is automated sharing a bad idea (We don't think so)?

2. To identify resources at various network sites appropriate for

automated sharing; and to identify the need for resources which

don't but should exist.

3. To formulate a series of experiments for the purpose of evaluating

relative merits and disadvantages of different approaches to

automating resource sharing.

The intent of such experimentation is to gain experience through

construction and use of prototype systems which support automated


Format of Workshop:



In order to get the workshop "up to speed", each participant will be

expected to give a brief presentation of relevant work he (his site) is

currently engaged in, is planning to do, or to identify and discuss

issues he feels are relevant to the subject. Time will be allowed for

brief discussion after each presentation.


General discussion of the issues raised during the morning session.

Possible subjects for discussion include (but need not be limited to):

1. Identification of possible multi-site "services".

Intersite mail, terminal linking, status in...