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Network Working Group S. Crocker Request for Comments: 169 UCLA-NMC NIC 6789 Computer Science Categories: B, C, C 27 May 1971 Obsoletes: None Updates: None

                   IEEE Computer Society Workshop
                        West Coast Committee
                         COMPUTER NETWORKS
                     Lake Arrowhead, California
                  September 8 - September 10, 1971

Co-Chairmen: David J. Farber – University of California, Irvine

             Stephen D. Crocker -- ARPA/IPT
 The number of networks has grown to the point where not all
 participants are familiar with each other; more networks are under
 development. This workshop is intended especially for those
 manufactureers, users and researchers who have just entered, or are
 about to enter, the network field.  Presentations are invited on all
 aspects of computer networks, particularly including user
 communities, inter-node protocols, terminal and switching equipments,
 and communications technology.
 Presentations on embryonic systems are especially invited.
 Tentative Agenda
 Session I and II -- Description of Specific Systems
 Presentation of specific systems with emphasis on such topics as the
 aim of the system and scope; the constraints applied by the
 application; the equipment used; protocols; expected lifetime; etc.
 Session III -- Functional Capabilities - Alan Weis - IBM Research
 This session will discuss such topics as file transmission, the
 referencing of foreign data sets, remote job entry protocols,
 resource control, data standards, etc.

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 Session IV -- Limitations of Hardware and Software Systems for
 Networks - Al Irvine - NCR
 Multiplexers, terminals, software systems, and hardware design will
 be among the topics discussed at this session.
 Panel Session -- Network Management Problems - Einar Stefferud -
 Consultant
 Participation in the workshop will be by invitation from the program
 committee and will be limited to 65 persons, in order to facilitiate
 discussion.  To encourage free discussion of tentative conclusions,
 no workshop proceedings will be published.  The workshop should
 stimulate generation of high quality papers for subsequent
 publications.
 Should you desire to participate in this workshop, please return the
 attached questionnaire to the program committee prior to 20 July
 1971.  Be sure to arrange any release required by your organization.
 A registration fee of $45 includes means and housing.
 Invitations will be mailed to selected participants approximately 15
 August 1971.  Whether or not you plan to participate, please call
 this announcement to the attention of qualified colleagues who have
 been omitted from the mailing.
 For further information as either a presenter or as a participant
 please contact:
                         Prof. David J. Farber
                       University of California
              Information and Computer Science Department
                       Irvine, California 92664
                            (714) 833-6891
                                  or
                             Steve Crocker
             Advanced Research Projects Agency - room 730
                           1400 Wilson Blvd.
                       Arlington, Virginia 22209

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                 GENERAL INFORMATION ON IEEE WORKSHOPS
 What is a Workshop?
 The objectives of these workshops are:
    To clarify, by exhaustive and off-the-record discussion between
    active workers in the field, the merits and disadvantages of
    controversial alternative approaches to a specific phase of
    computer organization, and to establish the basis for a group of
    high-quality papers for IEEE meetings and publications.
 The workshop involves four (4) key concepts:
 1.  Small number of participants to permit exhaustive discussion:
 2.  Off-the-record proceedings to allow discussion of incomplete and
     preliminary results:
 3.  Selected mature participants to obviate the need for tutorial and
     introductory material:
 4.  A carefully defined topic to keep the discussion in focus.
 Off-The-Record Meetings
 To permit discussion of incomplete and tentative results, information
 at the workshop cannot be published.  Slides or blackboards may not
 be photographed so the workshop does not constitute disclosure in the
 sense of the Patent Law.  After the meeting, participants are
 encouraged to publish significant contributions.
 Selected Participants
 By limiting the workshop to a small number of active workers, mature
 scientists knowledgeable in the specific area under discussion,
 formal papers can be displaced by brief opening statements followed
 by an open discussion.

Crocker [Page 3] RFC 169 Computer Networks 27 May 1971

 General Information on IEEE Workshops
 Page 2.
 Publication of Results
 One measure of the success of a workshop is the resulting publication
 of research.  While the workshop itself is closed, it should serve as
 a stimulus to generate a series of high-quality papers for subsequent
 open meetings.
 Session Organization
 The workshop is divided into four (4) scheduled sessions, each
 centered on one phase of the problem to be discussed.  Normally, the
 workshop chairman will assign to each session chairman the task of
 clarifying the subsidiary questions to be discussed in his session.
 Each session is divided into "talks." The speakers are designated as
 discussion leaders.  Most participants at the workshop will be
 discussion leaders at one of the sessions.  The session chairman will
 attempt to provide each speaker with the time he requests (within
 limits).  Normally, five to ten minutes will be allowed for formal
 presentation, with 15 to 30 minutes reserved for discussion and
 debate.  In addition, the chairman may include a general discussion
 period at the end of the session.

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