Data communications: IFIP's international "network" of experts (RFC0828)
Original Publication Date: 1982-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-14
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Network Working Group K. Owen Request for Comments: 828 IFIP August 1982
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 August 1982
one of the Federation’s technical committees. TC 6 aims to promote the exchange of information about data communication; to bridge some of the gaps that exist between users, telecommunications administrations and the manufactures of computers and equipment; and to cultivate working contacts with other relevant international bodies.
Chairman of the committee is Professor Andre Danthine of the University of Liege, Belgium. "The main interest of TC 6", he says, "is to have a real exchange of technical information...