[ih] RE: Dec 1969 meeting and Telnet
steve at stevecrocker.com
Tue Feb 25 07:51:16 PST 2003
In December 1969 we were in an awkward state. The first few IMPs had
been installed and we didn't have a protocol suite ready. We had rigged
a simple telnet-like protocol between UCLA and SRI as a demo. Also, the
SRI guys had rigged a way to pass files back and forth to Utah in an ad
hoc fashion, although I'm unsure of the timing; it may have been later.
We kept groping for the right primitives to use as the base layer and we
hadn't quite settled on it. Feeling pressured by the existence of the
IMPs and no host level software, we proposed to Larry Roberts that we
defer the general approach and simply build a telnet protocol directly.
(I think that's accurate; Vint or others may have a different
recollection.) Larry firmly responded that he wanted to see the
generality and could accept the delay.
There weren't any formal minutes, but I don't recall whether someone
jotted this down in an RFC.
I don't quite understand your diagram, but perhaps the above answers
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Adriana C. Arrington [mailto:aca at cs.utexas.edu]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 25, 2003 10:38 AM
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> Cc: steve at stevecrocker.com; vinton.g.cerf at wcom.com; Chris
> Edmondson-Yurkanan; Adriana C. Arrington
> Subject: Dec 1969 meeting and Telnet
> I need clarification for the meeting in December of 1969 when
> Larry Roberts "redirected" the implementers to try a more
> layered approach (RFC 1000, p 4). What happened at that
> meeting? Were there any minutes kept from that meeting?
> >From what I can tell in RFC 15 and RFC 1000, it seems that
> the first rejected version of the network protocols of
> December 1969 was not layered at all. For instance, the
> "Telnet" at that time encapsulated everything between the
> transport and application layers, as we know them today. So
> then this solution was not broad enough requiring the
> "redirection", layering and the inventions of Host-Host and
> the next version of Telnet.
> So did the network look something like this (based on RFC 15):
> | telnet | random | text |
> | | compiler| editor |
> | OS with interface |
> | to Host-IMP layer |
> instead of the layered design of Telnet, ICP, and Host-Host,
> which came a year or so later??
> What kind of asymmetry was in this first set of protocols
> that is different than the asymmetry of Old Telnet
> (see RFC 1000 p.4)?
> Thanks again,
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