Explaining the role of GOSIP
RFC 1169

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Network Working Group                                            V. Cerf
Request for Comments:  1169                                          IAB
                                                                K. Mills
                                                                    NIST
                                                             August 1990

                      Explaining the Role of GOSIP

1.  Status of this Memo

   This informational RFC represents the official view of the Internet
   Activities Board (IAB), after coordination with the Federal
   Networking Council (FNC).  This RFC does not specify a standard.

   Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Table of Contents

   1.  Status of this Memo...........................................  1
   2.  Abstract......................................................  2
   3.  Introduction..................................................  2
   4.  Acknowledgements..............................................  3
   5.  GOSIP Background..............................................  3
   6.  Understanding GOSIP...........................................  4
   6.1.  Applicability...............................................  4
   6.1.1.  Procurement Vs. Transition................................  5
   6.1.2.  Small Network Add-on Vs. Major Upgrade....................  5
   6.1.3.  OSI Incompleteness........................................  5
   6.2.  Exclusivity.................................................  5
   6.3.  Implementation..............................................  6
   6.4.  Waivers.....................................................  6
   6.5.  Enforcement.................................................  7
   7.  Role of the IETF in Support of OSI............................  7
   8.  Role of the Internet Infrastructure Agencies in
       Support of OSI................................................  7
   9.  Role of the Internet Using Agencies in the
       Application of OSI............................................  7
   10.  Summary......................................................  8
   11.  References...................................................  9
   12.  Appendix -- To Obtain GOSIP Documents........................  9
   12.1  GOSIP.......................................................  9
   12.1.1  GOSIP Version 1...........................................  9
   12.1.2  GOSIP Version 2........................................... 10
   12.2  NIST Workshop for Implementors of OSI Documents............. 11
   12.2.1  SIA, Version 1............................................ 11
   12.2.2  SIA, Version 2............................................ 12
   12.2.3  WIA (August, 1989)........................................ 13

Cerf & Mills                                                    [Page 1]
RFC 1169              Explaining the Role of GOSIP           August 1990

   12.3  GOSIP Users' Guide.......................................... 13
   12.4  Addresses/Telephone Numbers................................. 14
   13.  Security Considerations...................................... 15
   14.  Authors' Addresses........................................... 15

2.  Abstract

   The Federal Networking Council (FNC), the Internet Activities Board
   (IAB), and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have a firm
   commitment to responsible integration of OSI based upon sound network
   planning.  This implies that OSI will be added to the Internet
   without sacrificing services now available to existing Internet
   users, and that a multi-protocol environment will exist in the
   Internet for a prolonged period.  Planning is underway within the
   Internet community to enable integration of OSI, coexistence of OSI
   with TCP/IP, and interoperability between OSI and TCP/IP.

   The U.S. Government OSI Profile (GOSIP) is a necessary tool for
   planning OSI integration.  However, as the August 1990 requirement
   date for GOSIP compliance approaches, concern remains as to how GOSIP
   should be applied to near-term network planning.

   The intent of this statement is to help explain the role and
   applicability of the GOSIP document, as well as to emphasize the
   government's commitment to an integrated interoperable OSI
   environment based on responsible planning.

3.  Introduction

   The Federal Agencies, represented in the Federal Networking Council
   (FNC), as well as the Internet community represented by the Internet
   Activities Board (IAB), and the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF) are fully committed to integrating OSI into the Internet, as
   it is recognized that OSI is an international standard networking
   protocol suite.  The FNC, IAB, and IETF are taking sound technical
   steps to integrate OSI in a fashion and on a schedule that assures
   current levels of service to users of the existing operational
   networks that are a part of the Internet.  The large existing
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