by Darius Kazemi, June 18 2019

In 2019 I'm reading one RFC a day in chronological order starting from the very first one. More on this project here. There is a table of contents for all my RFC posts.

Other networks

RFC-169 is titled “Computer Networks” and authored by Steve Crocker of UCLA. It's dated May 27th, 1971.

The technical content

This RFC is information about an upcoming IEEE Computer Society workshop on the topic of computer networks. Crocker is a co-chair of the workshop, and it's

intended especially for those manufactureers, users and researchers who have just entered, or are about to enter, the network field.  Presentations are invited on all aspects of computer networks, particularly including user communities, inter-node protocols, terminal and switching equipments, and communications technology.

Specifically it draws attention to the fact that “the number of networks has grown” recently. In 1971 there are computer networks other than ARPANET, such as NPL and MERIT, which both predate the ARPANET by a few years.

Topics covered at the workshop will include:

The workshop is off-the-record and limited to 65 invited participants to maximize productive discussion.


There is a cool IEEE letterhead you can see on page 3 of the PDF scan.

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I'm Darius Kazemi. I'm an independent technologist and artist. I do a lot of work on the decentralized web with ActivityPub, including a Node.js reference implementation, an RSS-to-ActivityPub converter, and a fork of Mastodon, called Hometown. You can support my work via my Patreon.