Sat, 21 Mar 87 23:22:02 EST
This won't be news to any of you who are bitnet people, but I think
it will be to some others.
Bitnet has a routing system based on static lookup tables (hey, IBM
software rules!). Updated versions of these tables are generated once
a month and sent all over bitnet...
One problem with this is that the huge amount of data swamps several
major network links (like PSUVM<->OHSTVMA). Recent mail from our
fearless leaders at BITNIC follows:
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Reply-To: Scott Earley <Reply-To: Scott Earley <EARLEY@BITNIC>
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From: Scott Earley <From: Scott Earley <EARLEY@BITNIC>
Subject: "March" routing tables
To: "Dave Eckhardt (Penn SU Comp Sci VLSI Dev" <To: "Dave Eckhardt (Penn SU Comp Sci VLSI Dev" <DAE@PSUVAX1>
What were once known as the "March routing tables" have been
twice delayed from delivery -- both irregular circumstances.
The proposed solution to the immediate dilemma is as follows:
Tables for all sites on the Penn State side of the PSU-Ohio link
will be sent through the UCBCMSA--CUNYVM link as usual. Tables
for all sites on the Ohio side of the PSU-Ohio link will be put
on tape and mailed overnight to a pre-appointed individual who
will reintroduce them into the network from there. This will
eliminate sending about 200 tables through the PSUVM--OHSTVMA
link. In the future, those tables will be generated by a site
on the far side, as a more permanent solution.
That's right. Mag tape.
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