Report of the IAB Workshop on Internet Information Infrastructure, October 12-14, 1994 (RFC1862)
Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
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M. McCahill: AUTHOR [+5]
This document is a report on an Internet architecture workshop, initiated by the IAB and held at MCI on October 12-14, 1994. This workshop generally focused on aspects of the information infrastructure on the Internet. This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.
Network Working Group M. McCahill Request For Comments: 1862 University of Minnesota Category: Informational J. Romkey, Editor M. Schwartz University of Colorado K. Sollins MIT T. Verschuren SURFnet C. Weider Bunyip Information Systems, Inc. November 1995
Report of the IAB Workshop on Internet Information Infrastructure, October 12-14, 1994
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This document is a report on an Internet architecture workshop, initiated by the IAB and held at MCI on October 12-14, 1994. This workshop generally focused on aspects of the information infrastructure on the Internet.
The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) holds occasional workshops designed to consider long-term issues and strategies for the Internet, and to suggest future directions for the Internet architecture. This long-term planning function of the IAB is complementary to the ongoing engineering efforts performed by working groups of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), under the leadership of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) and area directorates.
An IAB-initiated workshop on the architecture of the "information infrastructure" of the Internet was held on October 12-14, 1994 at MCI in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
In addition to the IAB members, attendees at this meeting included the IESG Area Directors for the relevant areas (Applications, User Services) and a group of other experts in the following areas:
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gopher, the World Wide Web, naming, WAIS, searching, indexing, and library services. The IAB explicitly tried to balance the number of attendees from each area of expertise. Logistics limited the attendance to about 35, which unfortunately meant that many highly qualified experts were omitted from the invitation list.
The objectives of the workshop were to explore the architecture of "information" applications on the Internet, to provide the IESG with a solid set of recommendations for further work, and to provide a place for communication between the communities of people associated with the lower and upper layers of the Internet protocol suite, as well as allow experience to be exchanged between the communities.
The 34 attendees divided into three "breakout groups" which met for the second half of the first day and the entire second day. Each group wrote a report of its activities. The reports are contained in this document, in addition to a set of specific recommendations to the IESG and IETF community.
Although there were some disagreements between the groups on specific functionalities for architectural components, there was broad agreement on the general shape of an information architecture and on general principles for constructing the architecture. The discussions of the architect...