by Darius Kazemi, June 24 2019
Socket length concerns
RFC-175 is titled “Comments on “Socket Conventions Reconsidered”“. It's authored by Harslem and Heafner of RAND, and dated June 11th 1971.
The technical content
In this RFC the authors comment on RFC-167, with one important exception: they think that, due to memory restritctions on the TIP (terminal IMP, the new IMP produced by BBN), sockets should be 16 bits long and not 32 bits long.
They also state that at least for programs in development at RAND, they won't need repeatable socket names except for the Initial Connection Protocol (ICP) sockets, since the ICP can broker all new socket assignments.
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