by Darius Kazemi, November 30 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.

ARPA stress test

RFC-334 is titled “Network Use on May 8”. It's authored by Alex McKenzie of BBN and dated May 1, 1972.

The technical content

In advance of the IMP system software upgrade described in RFC-331, the UCLA Network Measurment Center is planning to run a stress test on the network. Because of this, network users should expect poor to nonexistent service on May 8.

Interestingly, this is all because of a decree from ARPA. We don't often hear about ARPA's needs in the RFC series. It's almost like they aren't there. Yet here they are, effectively shutting down the network for a day and in the process reminding everyone that, yes, this is an ARPA project.

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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.