by Darius Kazemi, September 8 2019
RFC-251 is titled “Weather Data”. It's authored by Dale H. Stern of Computer Corporation of America, and dated October 13, 1971.
The technical content
This RFC informs the Network Working Group that the Datacomputer at Computer Corporation of America will be providing weather data from the United States Air Force Environmental Technical Applications Center. It's ten years of detailed surface and upper atmosphere weather data from around the world. It seems like this is going to be the first large, real-world data set provided to the network by the Datacomputer.
The author, Dale Stern, was one of the principles behind the Datacomputer project at Computer Corporation of America. Here's a 1975 report authored by CCA on the Datacomputer which includes a paper by Stern and Thomas Marill in Appendix 1.
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