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Unformatted text preview: controls the TCP/IP protocol suite, approves new standards, and the like? There are four
groups responsible for Internet technology.
1. The Internet Society (ISOC) is a professional society to facilitate, support, and promote
the evolution and growth of the Internet as a global research communications
2. The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) is the technical oversight and coordination body.
It is composed of about 15 international volunteers from various disciplines and serves as
the final editorial and technical review board for the quality of Internet standards. The
IAB falls under the ISOC. file:///D|/Documents%20and%20Settings/bigini/Docu...homenet2run/tcpip/tcp-ip-illustrated/introduc.htm (13 of 20) [12/09/2001 14.46.31] Chapter 1. Introduction 3. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is the near-term, standards-oriented group,
divided into nine areas (applications, routing and addressing, security, etc.). The IETF
develops the specifications that become Internet standards. An additional Internet
Engineering Steering Group (IESG) was formed to help the IETF chair.
4. The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) pursues long-term research projects.
Both the IRTF and the IETF fall under the IAB. [Crocker 1993] provides additional details on
the standardization process within the Internet, as well as some of its early history. 1.11 RFCs
All the official standards in the internet community are published as a Request for Comment, or
RFC. Additionally there are lots of RFCs that are not official standards, but are published for
informational purposes. The RFCs range in size from I page to almost 200 pages. Each is
identified by a number, such as RFC 1122, with higher numbers for newer RFCs.
All the RFCs are available at no charge through electronic mail or using FTP across the Internet.
Sending electronic mail as shown here:
Subject: getting rfcs
returns a detailed listing of various ways to obtain the RFCs.
The latest RFC index is always a starting point when looking for something. This index specifies
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