Has PSI been assigned network 1?

From: Geoff Huston <G.Huston@aarnet.edu.au>
Subject: Re: Has PSI been assigned network 1?
To: michael@okjunc.junction.net
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 1995 18:00:09 +1000 (EST)
Cc: nanog@merit.edu, rps@isi.edu
After some years being associated with the IEPG the observation I have
to make is that the operations folk who really do understand how the
Internet is glued together are way too busy keeping it strung together
to do anything else.

So, the operational folks are too busy to transfer their knowledge
to new recruits (who might actually help them keep the Net running),
and then the experienced operational folks wonder why they are so busy?

Something doesn't seem quite right with this picture...


Namely that it doesn't have to require large amounts of time from senior
operational people to have a junior person with some research and writing
skills (as well as networking skills) tag along and document many of the
procedures carried out and why and how etc...

The research skills come into play when this junior person hunts up the
key documents available on the net and uses those documents and their
notes to build up a somewhat coherent tutorial to network operations and
places it on a WWW server.

Yes, it will have gaps, yes it may have mistakes caused by the junior
person's lack of intimate understanding, but at least it's a start. This
is not unlike the days (a couple of years ago) when there were _no_
printed books on how to use the Internet and we all used various
tutorials that were thrown together by network staff at some of the
larger sites. They weren't perfect, but they helped a lot of people get
started on the net.

Right now it is possible for each new operations person at a new ISP to
hunt through all the RFC's for relevant documents, look through the IETF
mailing lists for relevant lists and then hunt through those lists for
relevant messages, etc.... However, it would be far more efficient to
have one technically skilled researcher do this and distill the important
info for the rest of us. In fact, given the growth of the Internet (# of
nodes and networks) I would think that it would even be worth while for
some of the major NSP's (ANS, Sprint, et al.) to spend a few bucks and
finance such a project. It would pay off down the road in smoother
operations *AND* a larger pool of talent for ANS, Sprint et al. to draw
new people from.

Michael Dillon Voice: +1-604-549-1036
Network Operations Fax: +1-604-542-4130
Okanagan Internet Junction Internet: michael@junction.net
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