ISODE 4.0 announcement

Marshall Rose (mrose@TWG.COM)
Thu, 14 Jul 88 22:25:28 -0700

Appologies in advance for posting this to three lists, but I only send
this message out every 9 months or so...


                          A N N O U N C E M E N T

    The next release of the "ISO Development Environment" will be
    available on 24 July 1988. This release is called

                                   ISODE 4.0

    This software supports the development of certain kinds of ISO/CCITT/ECMA
    protocols and applications. Here are the details:

  - ISODE is not proprietary, but it is not in the public domain. This was
    necessary to include a "hold harmless" clause in the release. The upshot
    of all this is that anyone can get a copy of the release and do anything
    they want with it, but no one takes any responsibility whatsoever for any

  - ISODE runs on native Berkeley (4.2, 4.3) and AT&T (SVR2, SVR3) systems,
    in addition to various other UNIX-like operating systems. No kernel
    modifications are required.

  - Current modules include:
        OSI transport service (TP0 on top of TCP, X.25, and CONS;
            TP4 for SunLink OSI)
        OSI session, presentation, and association control services
        ASN.1 abstract syntax/transfer notation tools, including:
            remote operations stub-generator (front-end for remote operations)
            structure-generator (ASN.1 to C)
            element-parser (basic encoding rules)
        OSI reliable transfer and remote operations services
        OSI DIS file transfer, access and management

  - ISODE 4.0 consists of final "IS" level implementations with a few
    exceptions. FTAM is still DIS, and ROSE and RTSE are current to the last
    circulated drafts (March, 1988). ISODE also contains implementations of
    the 1984 X.400 versions of ROS and RTS. ISODE is aligned with the U.S.
    Government OSI Profile (GOSIP).

  - Future modules planned for the next release include:
        OSI message handling system
        OSI directory
        OSI virtual terminal ("telnet" class)
        MHS/SMTP gateway
        FTAM/FTP gateway

  - Although the ISODE is not "supported" per se, it does have a problem
    reporting address, reporting address, Bug-ISODE@TWG.COM. Bug reports (and fixes) are welcome
    by the way.

  - The discussion group ISODE@SRI-NIC.ARPA is used as an open forum on ISODE.
    Contact ISODE-Request@SRI-NIC.ARPA to be added to this list.

  - The primary documentation for this release consists of a four volume
    User's Manual (approx. 800 pages) and a set of UNIX manual pages. The
    sources to the User's Manual are in LaTeX format. In addition, there are
    a number of notes, papers, and presentations included in the documentation
    set, again in either LaTeX or SLiTeX format.

  - Although ISODE is an openly available implementation of the upper-layers of
    OSI, it is primarily a development environment. As such, it contains many
    tools and libraries to aid the development process. The most recent
    addition is described in "The Applications Cookbook" which is Volume 4 of
    the User's Manual. The Cookbook has several recipies for automating the
    implementation of OSI applications which use remote operations. This
    includes use of a stub-generator for remote operations macros, a structure-
    generator to produce equivalent C structs for the ASN.1 type definitions
    used by the application, and so on. Experience has shown that use of
    these tools can drastically accelerate the process of building distributed

    For more information, contact:

        The Wollongong Group
        Attn: Marshall T. Rose
        1129 San Antonio Road
        Palo Alto, CA 94303


    There are several ways to get a distribution:

 1. FTP
    If you can FTP to the DARPA/NSF Internet, you can use anonymous FTP to [] and retrieve the file portal/isode-4.tar in
    BINARY mode. This is a 9.25MB tar image. The file portal/isode-4.tar.Z
    is the tar image after being run through the compress program (3MB).

    If you run NIFTP over the public X.25 or over JANET, and are registered in
    the NRS at Salford, you can use NIFTP with username "guest" and your own
    name as password, to access UK.AC.UCL.CS to retrieve the file
    <SRC>isode-4.tar. This is a 9.25MB tar image. The file <SRC>isode-4.tar.Z
    is the tar image after being run through the compress program (3MB).

    For mailings in NORTH AMERICA, send a check or purchase order for 350 US
    Dollars to:

        University of Pennsylvania
        Department of Computer and Information Science
        Moore School
        Attn: David J. Farber (ISODE Distribution)
        200 South 33rd Street
        Philadelphia, PA 19104-6314


    The tape will be written in tar format at 1600bpi, and returned with a
    documentation set. Do not send tapes or envelopes. Documentation only is
    the same price.

 4. EUROPE (tape and documentation)
    For mailings in EUROPE, send a cheque or purchase order for 200 Pounds
    Sterling to:

        Department of Computer Science
        Attn: Soren Sorensen
        University College
        Gower Street
        London, WC1E 6BT

        +44-1-387-7050 x3680

    Specify either (a) 1600bpi 1/2-inch tape, or (b) Sun 1/4-inch
    cartridge tape. The tape will be written in tar format and returned
    with a documentation set via DHL. Do not send tapes or envelopes.
    Documentation only is the same price.

 5. EUROPE (tape only)
    Tapes without hardcopy documentation can be obtained via the European
    UNIX User Group (EUUG). The ISODE 4.0 distribution is called EUUGD14.

          EUUG Distributions
          c/o Frank Kuiper
          Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica
          Kruislaan 413
          1098 SJ Amsterdam
          The Netherlands

    For information only:
          Tel: +31-20-5924056 (or: +31-20-5929333)
          Telex: 12571 mactr nl
          Telefax: +31-20-5924199
          Internet: ( (euug-tapes@mcvax.uucp)

    Specify one of:
        - 1600bpi 1/2-inch tape: 90 Dutch Guilders
        - 800bpi 1/2-inch tape: 120 Dutch Guilders
        - Sun 1/4-inch cartridge tape (QIC-24 format): 150 Dutch Guilders
        - 1/4-inch cartridge tape (QIC-11 format): 150 Dutch Guilders

    If you require DHL this is possible and will be billed through. Note that
    if you are not a member of EUUG, then there is an additional handling fee
    of 300 Dutch Guilders (please enclose a copy of your membership or
    contribution payment form when ordering). Do not send money, cheques,
    tapes or envelopes, you will be invoiced. Tapes and invoice will be sent

    For mailings in AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND, send a cheque for 150 dollars
    Australian to:

        CSIRO DIT
        Attn: George Michaelson
        55 Barry St
        Carlton, 3053


    The tape will be written in tar format at 1600bpi, and returned with a
    documentation set. Do not send tapes or envelopes. Documentation only is
    the same price.

 7. FTAM on the JANET or PSS
    The sources are available by FTAM at UCL over X.25 using JANET
    (00000511160013) or PSS (23421920030013) with TSEL "258" (ascii encoding).
    Use the "anon" user-identity, supply any password, and retrieve the file
    src/isode-4.tar. This is a 9.25MB tar image. The file src/isode-4.tar.Z
    is the tar image after being run through the compress program (3MB).

 8. FTAM on the DARPA/NSF Internet
    The sources are available by FTAM at SRI over the DARPA/NSF Internet at
    host [] (TCP port 102 selects the OSI transport
    service) with TSEL 258 (numeric encoding). Use the "anon" user-identity,
    supply any password, and retrieve the file portal/isode-4.tar. This is a
    9.25MB tar image. The file portal/isode-4.tar.Z is the tar image after
    being run through the compress program (3MB).

    For distributions via FTAM, the file service is provided by the FTAM
    implementation in ISODE 4.0, which is a DIS implementation with a few
    pieces of critical information taken from the IS. Note that although this
    FTAM is a DIS implementation, the rest of the stack (i.e., association
    control, presentation, and so on) is composed of an IS implementation.

    If you wish to use the FTAM implementation in ISODE 3.0, which was a DIS
    implementation both of FTAM and the rest of the stack, use TSEL 256 instead
    (ascii encoding at UCL, and numeric encoding at SRI). This older service
    is temporary and is provided for bootstrap purposes only.

    For distributions via either FTAM or FTP, there is an additional file
    available for retrieval, called isode-ps.tar.Z which is a compressed tar
    image (2.75MB) containing the entire documentation set in PostScript

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