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[BLeiner@xxxxxxxx: workshop announcement] (fwd)

Is anyone on this list attending this conference?

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> From jolt!bunyip.com!owner-uri@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Mon Mar  6 10:15:57 1995
> Date: Sun, 5 Mar 1995 16:42:57 -0500
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> From: "Karen R. Sollins" <sollins@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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> Subject: [BLeiner@xxxxxxxx: workshop announcement]
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> 28-29 AUGUST 1995
> With the growth of the Internet and the corresponding agreement on a common
> network and transport infrastructure comes a new opportunity. The consensus
> on the use of the TCP/IP protocol suite, including protocols for routing,
> addressing, and forwarding of packets, end-to-end transport mechanisms, and
> standard protocols for file transfer, remote login, electronic mail and
> network management has resulted in a wide spread interoperable networking
> infrastructure. This in turn is creating tremendous opportunities for new
> and innovative services to be provided over the network. An example of this
> is the rapid evolution of the World-Wide Web in the last several years.
> At the same time, the explosive growth in availability and use of the
> Internet is creating new challenges. The existing infrastructure must be
> extended if it is to continue to scale in numbers of users, offer bandwidth
> guarantees, and support new classes of network applications. These trends
> demand that we raise the level of common services and introduce new types
> of higher-level services. Interoperable information management, search, and
> retrieval mechanisms would create opportunities for new third-party
> information services. Interoperable payment mechanisms would spur the
> evolution of electronic commerce. Interoperable multimedia representation
> formats and exchange protocols would spur a new generation of group support
> tools. There are opportunities to create many such middleware components,
> including caching and replication services, indexing services, remote
> scripting environments, data typing and structuring primitives, and higher
> level communication abstractions such as multicast and causal broadcast.
> The purpose of this workshop is to explore this area of middleware
> infrastructure. A specific objective is to identify and discuss those areas
> of services that would sit "above" the traditional network protocols and
> provide means for extending the the commonly available services on the
> network to enclose higher layers of abstraction. A critical question to be
> addressed is the balance between standardization and the exploration of new
> concepts for middleware services. Thus, identifying the appropriate level
> for standardization and interoperability is expected to be a major topic of
> discussion at the workshop. We plan to discuss the vision for where
> middleware is heading. For example, what kind of middleware support is
> needed for the integration of databases, information spaces (such as WWW),
> and personal communication tools. Finally, engineering issues in middleware
> implementation will be of interest. Questions will be addressed such as how
> to engineer the interface between middleware and TCP and how to take
> advantage of underneath IP multicast support in caching and replication
> services.
> The workshop will be organized based on invited participants. A workshop of
> approximately 75 people is anticipated. Brief (no more than three pages)
> position papers are welcome to aid in the selection of workshop invitees.
> These position papers are due no later than 15 March 1995. The workshop
> itself will last 1.5 days immediately preceeding the main SIGCOMM'95
> conference.
> Position papers should be sent by electronic mail in ascii to
> SC95WS@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Questions should be addressed to the Workshop
> Program Chair, Dr. Barry M. Leiner, BLeiner@xxxxxxxxx
Andrew Pam                                      avatar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Manager, Serious Cybernetics                    avatar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Coordinator, Xanadu Australia                   <http://www.aus.xanadu.com/>
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