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Introduction to proposed DoD standard H-FP (RFC0928) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004341D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Oct-09
Document File: 19 page(s) / 58K

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M.A. Padlipsky: AUTHOR


Status Of This Memo

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Network Working Group M. A. Padlipsky

Request for Comments: 928 Mitre Corp.

December 1984


Status Of This Memo

This RFC suggests a proposed protocol for the ARPA-Internet

community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.

Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Important Prefatory Note

The broad outline of the Host-Front End Protocol introduced here and

described in RFC 929 is the result of the deliberations of a number

of experienced H-FP designers, who sat as a committee of the DoD

Protocol Standards Technical Panel under the author's chairmanship.

The particular protocol to be described is, however, the result of

the deliberations of a small, ad hoc group, who sat as a de facto

subcommittee of the H-FP committee, also under the author's

chairmanship. The protocol, then, follows the consensus of the full

group as to what the new H-FP should "look like," but has not

benefitted from painstaking study by a large number of experienced

H-FP designers and implementers. (It has been looked at before

release as an RFC by several of them, though.) Even if that were not

the case, it would still be the intent of the designers that the

protocol be subjected to multiple test implementations and probable

iteration before being agreed upon as any sort of "standard".

Therefore, the first order of business is to declare that THIS IS A

PROPOSAL, NOT A FINAL STANDARD, and the second order of business is

to request that any readers of these documents who are able to do

test implementations (a) do so and (b) coordinate their efforts with

the author (617-271-2978 or Padlipsky@USC-ISI.ARPA.).

Historical/Philosophical Context

Late in May of 1971, the author was presenting a status report on

whether the Multics ARPANET implementation would be ready by the

July 1 deadline declared by the sponsor earlier that month. Some

controversy developed over the fact that the Multics "NCP" (Network

Control Program--actually a blanket term covering the Host-Host and

Host-IMP protocol interpreters) did not queue requests for

connections. As the specification explicitly declared the topic to

be one of implementors' choice, the author attempted to avoid the

argument by asking the interrogator what he was up to these days.

The answer was, "Oh, I'm working on the High-Speed Modular IMP now"

(later the Pluribus IMP). And the proverbial coin dropped: The

author replied, "I've got a great idea. Now th...