Data communications: IFIP's international "network" of experts (RFC0828)
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
(This report has been written for IFIP by Kenneth Owen, former Technology Editor of The Times, London)
Network Working Group K. Owen
Request for Comments: 828 IFIP
DATA COMMUNICATIONS: IFIP'S INTERNATIONAL "NETWORK" OF EXPERTS
(This report has been written for IFIP by Kenneth Owen, former
Technology Editor of The Times, London)
[ This RFC is distributed to inform the ARPA Internet community of the
activities of the IFIP technical committee on Data Communications, and
to encourage participation in those activities. ]
A vital common thread which runs through virtually all current advances
in implementing and operating computer-based systems is that of data
communications. The interconnection of the various elements of complete
systems in new ways has become the driving force behind a substantial
research and development effort.
In both national and international systems, a variety of new options has
been opening up in recent years. Increasingly the development of these
new systems involves people and groups from a variety of
backgrounds--the computer industry, the telecommunications industry, the
national telecommunications authorities and the national and
international standards bodies.
In an area where the formerly distinct technologies of computing and
telecommunications have so clearly converged, the new technology
presents both opportunities and problems. And this convergence of
technologies demands an "interconnection" also between the various
groups mentioned above.
For different purposes, and in different parts of the world, the
specific technological solutions will vary, though drawing on the same
basic research and development. Global, regional, national and local
systems are all involved. Systems are being designed at a time when the
technology itself is continuing to advance rapidly and there are many
uncertainties in choosing the best directions fo follow. Nonetheless,
international standards must be developed and agreed.
This background -- of interacting elements of a complex, rapidly
advancing technology -- lies behind the work of Technical Committee 6
(TC 6) of the International Federation for Information Processing
(IFIP). IFIP's membership consists of the appropriate national
professional organizations, one per country, and its aims include the
promotion of information science and technology and the advancement of
international cooperation in this field.
The broad field of information processing is subdivided for IFIP
purposes into a number of specialist areas, each of which is covered by
RFC 828 ...