by Darius Kazemi, August 31 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.

A bibliography from IBM

RFC-243 is titled “Network and Data Sharing Bibliography”. It's authored by Alvin P. Mullery of IBM and dated October 5, 1971.

The technical content

One of the purposes of the Request For Comments series is for researchers to share bibliographies with one another. That is, to let other researchers know about interesting papers that you've read recently and to help everyone in the community keep on top of the state of the art.

This bibliography contains papers in the following categories:


The “network design” section is dominated by ARPANET or ARPANET-adjacent authors. The other sections have far less overlap with the NWG community!

Most papers are from 1968-1971. One standout is the only paper in the “data security” section, which is volume 9 of Paul Baran's RAND-published classic, “On Distributed Communication”. You can read about the historical important of this series of papers and you can download all the volumes from there, including volume 9.

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About me

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.