by Darius Kazemi, June 5 2019
RFC-156 is titled “Status of the Illinois Site (Response to RFC 0116)”. It's by W. Jack Bouknight of the University of Illinois. It's dated April 26th, 1971.
The technical content
This RFC lets people know that Illinois has made the hardware connection from their PDP-11 to their IMP. However, the connection is not in operation as the software isn't done. They expect their Network Control Program to be finished by the end of May. In June they will have the PDP-11 actually installed.
This may seem odd, but to connect a computer to an IMP always required custom hardware. So I believe this RFC says “we built the adaptors, but the PDP-11 isn't even online yet and we haven't written the software, for obvious reasons.”
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