NWG/ RFC #371
NIC 11020
Robert Kahn
12 July 1972


     The International Computer Communications Conference, scheduled
for 24-26 October 1972 at the Washington, D.C. Hilton Hotel, is a
newly organized conference intended to address a broad set of issues
in the Computer Communications field.  Approximately 17 sessions are
currently planned for the conference.  The social implications of this
field are a matter of widespread interest that reaches society in
almost all walks of life; education, medicine, research, business and
government.  All these areas will be affected as the field develops.

     I am organizing a computer communication network demonstration to
run in parallel with the sessions.  This demonstration will provide
attendees with the opportunity to gain first hand experience in the
use of a computer network.  The theme of the demonstration will be on
the value of computer communication networks, emphasizing topics such
as data base retrieval, combined use of several machines, real-time
data access, interactive cooperation, simulation systems, simplified
hard copy techniques, and so forth.  I am hoping to present a broad
sampling of computer based resources that will provide attendees with
some perspective on the utility of computer communication networks.

     Terminal equipment has already been offered by many different
manufacturers and we are beginning to home in on the application
areas.  The plan is to deliver a TIP to the Hilton and to connect it
into the ARPANET.  All terminals at the Hilton will then be connected
directly to the TIP.  Software resources on the ARPANET as well as
resources in other nets that can be temporarily connected to the
ARPANET and made available for the purpose of demonstration will be
available.  In most cases it is possible to arrange for terminal
access via the ARPANET to non ARPANET sites without hardware or
software development on their part.

     A significant amount of preparation by ourselves, the NIC, and
others is being devoted to making it convenient for naive users to sit
down at a terminal and effectively use "selected" resources without
assistance.  This involves the generation of "explicit" documentation
in easy to understand terms -- a non-trivial task.  However, we hope
this effort will also be useful for other application in the long run.
     We need the help of sites in the network community to pitch in
and lend a hand.  This is a large undertaking and much too big to be
pulled off without a large committment in time and energy between now
and October.

     Many of you are already active in planning for ICCC.  For those
of you who may not yet be involved, someone will be contacting or will
have contacted your technical liaison in the next few days.  We hope
you will join us in this effort.  If you have suggestions about the
demo or if you want particular information about it, please send me a
message via the NIC (ident REK2) or get in touch with me at BBN (617)
491-1850 x 3401.

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