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rfc:rfc440

Network Working Group David C. Walden RFC #440 BBN-NET NIC #13772 January 1973 Updates: 381,406

               Scheduled Network Software Maintenance
               --------------------------------------
  As explained in RFC 381, we believe that we can minimize

the disruption caused by the release of new IMP software systems by doing them on a regularly scheduled basis. In the past we have reserved the one hour period from 7am until 8am every Tuesday morning for our IMP system scheduled software maintenance period. As the size of the network has grown to about forty IMPs, we find we can no longer complete a system release to all IMPs in the one hour scheduled. Therefore, we are extending our scheduled software maintenance period to two hours from 7am until 9am eastern time every Tuesday morning. The extended period will take effect as of the first Tuesday in February. As we said in RFC 381, we will not always use the Tuesday morning period, but we always reserve it. On Tuesday mornings when we _do_ use the scheduled software maintenance period, a type 2 IMP to Host message* will be sent to all Hosts about an hour in advance of the period.

  We understand that the software maintenance period cannot

continue to grow linearly with the number of IMPs, and we will find a way around this problem before software releases start taking 168 hours a week.

*An IMP-GOING-DOWN-FOR-SCHEDULED-SOFTWARE-MAINTENANCE message.

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