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rfc:rfc343

Network Working Group A. McKenzie Request for Comments: 343 BBN-NET NIC #10422 19 May 1972 Category: B.1 Obsoletes: RFC #331

                   IMP System Change Notification
 As most of you probably know, our attempt to release IMPSYS 2600 on
 May 15 (as discussed in RFC #331) was unsuccessful.  Briefly, the
 primary reasons for failure (all operational rather than programming
 bugs) were:
    1) The network appears to have grown too large for us to
       successfully coordinate operator intervention at all sites.
    2) An unanticipated aspect of the gradual release of the new
       system was the "poisoning" of IMP's running the new system by
       adjacent IMP's running the old system, and vice versa.  Working
       around this problem made the dissemination of the new system
       take much longer than anticipated.
 We believe we see solutions to both of these problems and are now
 ready to schedule the next attempt(s) to release IMPSYS 2600.  We
 hereby request all sites to cooperate with this effort in the
 following ways.

I. All sites with Model 516 IMP's have been contacted by telephone and

   asked to set the switches on their IMP's as follows:
      HALT INH     - off
      W.D.T.       - off
      AUTO RSTRT   - on
      MEMORY PRTCT - off
      Please be sure that your switches remain set at these positions
      until further notice.

II. No site should attempt to use the IMP's "Trace" routine during the

   day(s) of the attempted system release.

III. Terminal IMP's may be turned off for significant portions of the

   day(s) of the attempted system release.  Please be patient with any
   inconvenience which this causes.

McKenzie [Page 1] RFC 343 IMP System Change Notification May 1972

IV. We hope to accomplish release of IMPSYS 2600 on the next attempt.

   Nevertheless, we are not omniscient and may again be thwarted by
   difficulties.  Accordingly, we are scheduling the next attempt for
   Wednesday, May 31, and subsequently every Tuesday (June 6, 13, 20,
   ...) until the release is successfully accomplished.  We will
   arrange the release process so that site operator coverage is not
   required; nevertheless we hope that the normal site operator
   coverage is available in case unanticipated problems develop.
   Release of the new system will begin early in the day
   (approximately 7 a.m. EDT).  We again suggest that sites do not
   schedule production work over the network during the release
   attempt(s).  We will notify each site by phone after the release
   has been successfully completed.
   Finally, we apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by
   the contortions required to release this new system, and thank all
   of the site operations' staffs who worked with us on May 15 for
   their cooperation.
   AAM/jm
        [ This RFC was put into machine readable form for entry ]
        [ into the online RFC archives by Ronald de Leeuw 1/99  ]

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