Network meeting report (RFC0077)
Original Publication Date: 1970-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
Network Working Group J. Postel Request for Comments: 77 UCLA NIC 5604 20 November 1970
Network Meeting Report
This is a report on a series of three Network Working Group meetings at the Fall Joint Computer Conference, November 16, 17 and 18 in Houston, Texas. The meeting will be lumped together and ideas may or may not be identified as to their originator. The meetings were chaired by Steve Crocker.
The meetings began with a listing of topics of concern.
1) A site or group should be designated as protocol testers. As NCP’s are implemented they should be subjected to comprehensive testing by an independent group.
2) The Host-Host protocol needs reworking in several areas: error control, overload conditions, allocation of resources, status information, and system crash problems.
3) The immediate need for specification of TELNET, the third level program which allows people to pass through their local hosts and use remote hosts. TELNET must provide facilities to log in at a distant site, run programs, transmit files, and call for help. This call for help is likely to mean getting a systems programmer at the remote site "taking control" of the user console.
4) The documentation of systems on the network must become available to all sites. This is to be done by the NIC with the cooperation of the other sites. Particularly useful will be on-line documentation. It is suggested that each site have an identical hard copy device (e.g. a line printer) suitable for reproducing documents.
5) The use of graphics consoles on the network will require a graphics protocol. People interested in this problem should write position papers on such a protocol. A meeting may be held between the authors of such papers if sufficient interest develops. The papers should be distributed as NWG/RFC’s before 1 January 71.
6) Some sites must account for use of their computer resources, thus there must be some network accounting scheme. Sites can be categorized as Research Centers vs. Service Centers. The Service centers tend to have big machines, lots of users, and accounting problems; while the Research Centers tend to have specialized hardware, a small number of users, and no accounting at all.
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RFC 77 Network Meeting Report 20 November 1970
7) Some people are interested in the network as an object of study. In particular UCLA-Computer Science, and BBN wish to perform measurements on the network. Is it appropriate to ask the NCP to keep statistics?
After this opening some discussion followed.
It was generally felt that changes to the protocol should be made in bunches and at about six-month intervals rather than a continuous stream of small changes. Also that a lead time of three months was not over optimistic. The proposed change to the IMP-Host protocol to get rid of marking was generally approved but it will not be implemented for some time since casual changes to the protocol are undesirable. Tom O’Sullivan suggested that perhaps new and old protocols...