Executive summary of the NRC report on transport protocols for Department of Defense data networks
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Network Working Group                          National Research Council
Request for Comments: 939
                                                           February 1985

                           Executive Summary
                          of the NRC Report on
                        Transport Protocols for
                         Department of Defense
                             Data Networks

STATUS OF THIS MEMO

   This RFC is distributed for information only.  This RFC does not
   establish any policy for the DARPA research community or the DDN
   operational community.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

INTRODUCTION

   This RFC reproduces the material from the "front pages" of the
   National Research Council report resulting from a study of the DOD
   Internet Protocol (IP) and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) in
   comparison with the ISO Internet Protocol (ISO-IP) and Transport
   Protocol level 4 (TP-4).  The point of this RFC is to make the text
   of the Executive Summary widely available in a timely way.  The order
   of presentation has been altered, and the pagination changed.

   The title of the full report is:

                                    

                        Transport Protocols for
                         Department of Defense
                             Data Networks

                  Report to the Department of Defense
                  and the National Bureau of Standards

         Committee on Computer-Computer Communication Protocols

   Board on Telecommunications and Computer Applications Commission on
                   Engineering and Technical Systems
                       National Research Council

                         National Academy Press
                    Washington, D.C.  February 1985

   

National Research Council                                       [Page 1]



RFC 939                                                    February 1985
Executive Summary of the NRC Report Transport on Protocols

                                OVERVIEW

   The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the
   Governing Board on the National Research Council, whose members are
   drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the
   National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.  The
   members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for
   their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

   This report has been reviewed by a group other than the authors,
   according to procedures approved by a Report Review Committee
   consisting of members of the National Academy of Sciences, the
   National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

   The National Research Council was established by the National Academy
   of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community of science and
   technology with the Academy's purposes of furthering knowledge and of
   advising the federal government.  The Council operates in accordance
   with general policies determined by the Academy under the authority
   of its congressional charter of 1863, which establishes the Academy
   as a private, nonprofit, self-governing membership corporation.  The
   Council has become the principal operating agency of both the
   National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering
   in the conduct of their services to the government, the public, and
   the scientific and engineering communities.  It is administered
   jointly by both Academies and the Institute of Medicine.  The
   National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine were
   established in 1964 and 1970, respectively, under the charter of the
   National Academy of Sciences.

   This is a report of work supported by Contract No. DCA-83-C-0051
   between the U.S. Defense Communications Agency and the National
   Academy of Sciences, underwritten jointly by the Department of
   Defense and the National Bureau of Standards.

   Copies of the full report are available from:

      Board on Telecommunications and Computer Applications Commission
      on Engineering and Technical Systems
      National Research Council
      2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
      Washington, D.C. 20418

National Research Council                                       [Page 2]



RFC 939                                                    February 1985
Executive Summary of the NRC Report Transport on Protocols

                                PREFACE

   This is the final report of the National Research Council Committee
   on Computer-Computer Communication Protocols.  The committee was
   established in May l983 at the request of the Department of Defense
   (DOD) and the National Bureau of Standards (NBS), Department of
   Commerce, to develop recommendations and guidelines for resolving
   differences between the two agencies on a data communications
   transport protocol standard.

   Computer-based information and transaction-processing systems are
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