by Darius Kazemi, June 28 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.

RFC-179 is titled “Link Number Assignments”, and authored by Alex McKenzie of BBn. It's dated June 22nd, 1971.

The technical content

This document updates what link numbers on ARAPNET are used for. Recall that links are, basically, physical channels.

These are the old link assignments in RFC-107:

   0          control link
   1          old protocol's control link - to be phased out
   2 - 31     links for connections
   32 - 190   reserved -- not for current use
   191        to be used only for measurement work under direction
               of the network measurement center (UCLA)
   192 - 255  available for any private experimental use.

As of this RFC, the new link assignments are:

     0                   Control link
     2-71                Available for connections
     1, 72-190           Reserved-not for current use
     191                 To be used only for measurement
                         work under the direction of the
                         Network Measurement Center at UCLA
     192-255             Available for private experimental use

So the big changes are: link 1 has now been phased out because nobody is supposed to use the old Host-Host Protocol anymore.

Links 2 to 71 are now available for general connection (2 to 31 were already open but now 32 to 71 are now available).

That's it!

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