by Darius Kazemi, July 31 2019
RFC-212 is titled “NWG Meeting On Network Usage”. It's authored by the Network Working Group Steering Committee (Crocker, Heafner, Kahn, Melvin, Vezza) and dated August 23, 1971.
The technical content
There are scheduling conflicts with the Network Working Group meeting that was announced in RFC-207 for late September. The new dates are October 10 through October 14.
The steering committee declares that the protocol implementation stage of the ARPANET is complete enough that they are in a transitional phase. The theme for the next meeting is Network usage, with a focus on what people can do with the ARPANET, rather than how to get the basics up and running.
In addition to the event mentioned in RFC-207, the meeting will include three activities on days three and four:
- a review of protocols by Alex McKenzie of BBN and Jon Postel of UCLA
- a tutorial on how to use the Network Information Center, presumably to upload and retrieve documents
- a session about the Terminal Interface Message Processor (TIP) and how one would use this new interactive IMP to access remote services
There will be cocktails and dinner Wednesday evening.
I'm glad that the protocol review session includes someone from BBN and someone from UCLA. This means that Level 1 (IMP) and Level 2 (Host-Host) are adequately represented by people who know the most about them.
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