Host accounting and administrative procedures (RFC0136)
Original Publication Date: 1971-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-10
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
Network Working Group R. Kahn Request for Comments: 136 BBN NIC: 6713 29 April 1971
Host Accounting and Administrative Procedures
A plan must be formulated and agreed upon for the development of a Host accounting system in the ARPA Network. Such a plan should take into consideration both current Host accounting practices and new technical contributions. This document is an early attempt to identify the issues concerning Host accounting. It is being distributed as a working document on which further discussions may be based and, as such, does not represent, nor is intended to represent, a position on any of these issues.
The method of network operation and the potential for its growth are relevant factors to be considered in formulating a plan for Host accounting. For example, the answers to the following questions provide a useful background for reference:
1. Who or what operates the Network?
2. What is the criteria upon which new sites should be incorporated into the Network?
3. What regulations, if any, apply to the connection of non-ARPA sites?
4. What is the relation, if any, between the ARPA Network and common carrier services?
5. What procedures are required to bring new sites on board and up to speed?
6. What is the most effective way to characterize their resources?
7. What usage of other Network resources do they anticipate?
8. What procedures will be required for a typical user to obtain access to that Host?
9. What is their charging policy and for what items?
10. Are their rates in accordance with government standards?
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RFC 136 Host Accounting and Administrative Procedures 29 April 1971
Assumptions Regarding the Network
I have made several assumptions in this presentation that should simplify and, hopefully, clarify the framework in which the accounting issues reside. Any one of these assumptions may be subject to challenge.
1. Subnet Considerations
1.1 That some entity, government or private, will undertake to operate the subnet and will act as a cost center for the subnet.
1.2 That the total cost of operating the subnet (equipment, development, maintenance, service and other administrative costs) will be assumed by the cost center which will be reimbursed by the Host sites or directly by ARPA on both a connect and usage basis.
1.3 That the subnet will be initially operated as part of a private government-sponsored resource-sharing network for the use of its participants in obtaining computer services and not as a common carrier for the sale of communication services.
1.4 That both ARPA and non-ARPA supported contractors will eventually be allowed to connect. The use of the subnet may be administered to support resource-sharing activities.
2. Host Considerations
2.1 That each serving Host will make arrangements for use of its facilities and arrange to obtain payment either from its own ARPA contract, directly from the using Host, or from the using Host via an intermediate mechanism.
2.2 That each prospective Host site...