by Darius Kazemi, November 30 2019
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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