Report of the IAB Workshop on Internet Information Infrastructure, October 12-14, 1994
RFC 1862

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Network Working Group                                        M. McCahill
Request For Comments: 1862                       University of Minnesota
Category: Informational                                J. Romkey, Editor
                                                             M. Schwartz
                                                  University of Colorado
                                                              K. Sollins
                                                                     MIT
                                                           T. Verschuren
                                                                 SURFnet
                                                               C. Weider
                                        Bunyip Information Systems, Inc.
                                                           November 1995

   Report of the IAB Workshop on Internet Information Infrastructure,
                          October 12-14, 1994

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  This memo
   does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of
   this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

   This document is a report on an Internet architecture workshop,
   initiated by the IAB and held at MCI on October 12-14, 1994.  This
   workshop generally focused on aspects of the information
   infrastructure on the Internet.

1. Introduction

   The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) holds occasional workshops
   designed to consider long-term issues and strategies for the
   Internet, and to suggest future directions for the Internet
   architecture.  This long-term planning function of the IAB is
   complementary to the ongoing engineering efforts performed by working
   groups of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), under the
   leadership of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) and area
   directorates.

   An IAB-initiated workshop on the architecture of the "information
   infrastructure" of the Internet was held on October 12-14, 1994 at
   MCI in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

   In addition to the IAB members, attendees at this meeting included
   the IESG Area Directors for the relevant areas (Applications, User
   Services) and a group of other experts in the following areas:

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   gopher, the World Wide Web, naming, WAIS, searching, indexing, and
   library services.  The IAB explicitly tried to balance the number of
   attendees from each area of expertise.  Logistics limited the
   attendance to about 35, which unfortunately meant that many highly
   qualified experts were omitted from the invitation list.

   The objectives of the workshop were to explore the architecture of
   "information" applications on the Internet, to provide the IESG with
   a solid set of recommendations for further work, and to provide a
   place for communication between the communities of people associated
   with the lower and upper layers of the Internet protocol suite, as
   well as allow experience to be exchanged between the communities.

   The 34 attendees divided into three "breakout groups" which met for
   the second half of the first day and the entire second day. Each
   group wrote a report of its activities. The reports are contained in
   this document, in addition to a set of specific recommendations to
   the IESG and IETF community.

2. Summary

   Although there were some disagreements between the groups on specific
   functionalities for architectural components, there was broad
   agreement on the general shape of an information architecture and on
   general principles for constructing the architecture. The discussions
   of the architecture generalized a number of concepts that are
   currently used in deployed systems such as the World Wide Web, but
   the main thrust was to define general architectural components rather
   than focus on current technologies.

   Research recommendations include:

  -  increased focus on a general caching and replication architecture

  -  a rapid deployment of name resolution services, and

  -  the articulation of a common security architecture for information
     applications.

   Procedural recommendations for forwarding this work in the IETF
   include:

  -  making common identifiers such as the IANA assigned numbers
     available in an on-line database

  -  tightening the requirements on Proposed Standards to insure that
     they adequately address security

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  -  articulating the procedures necessary to facilitate joining IETF
     working group meetings, and

  -  reviewing the key distribution infrastructure for use in
     information applications

3. Group 1 report: The Distributed Database Problem
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