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From: Philipp Hoschka <Philipp.Hoschka@sophia.inria.fr>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 00:02:44 +0200 (MET DST)
Message-Id: <199709052202.AAA13969@www45.inria.fr>
Latest News on Push Workshop

On September 8 and 9, the W3C workshop on "Push Technology" will take place 
in Boston (see http://www.w3.org/Architecture/9709_Workshop/). 

About 80 participants have registered, among them: the CTO from 
BackWeb (Hubert Delany), the product manager of Netscape's 
Netcaster (Tim Hickman), the chair of the IETF HTTP working group 
(Larry Masinter), Pointcast's director of engineering (John Nogrady), 
a lead program manager for Microsoft's channel technology (Hadi Partovi), 
Intermind's vice president of product management (Drummond Reed), two of the 
co-founders of Marimba (Arthur van Hoff, Jonathan Payne) and the chair of the 
IETF WEBDAV working group (Jim Whitehead). 80% of those registered to date 
come from the US, and 20% come from other countries. Moreover, 90% of the 
participants come from industry and 10% from non-profit organizations. 

The first day of this two-day event will deal with end system issues of 
push technology, such as notification and description formats for channels. 
Two recent submissions to W3C will be presented and discussed, namely 
CDF (Channel Definition Format) and OSD (Open Software Description Format). 
Presentations by NEC, HP, W3C, Mitre, Intermind and Microsoft will set the 
stage for the discussions in the breakout sessions in the afternoon. 

The hot topic of the second day is how push technology can make efficient use
of Internet bandwidth. It will include a presentation of DRP (HTTP 
Distribution and Replication Protocol) that has been submitted to W3C 
only last week. Replication-based approaches will be compared with the 
alternative of using IP multicast for push. Presentors on this day will 
come from Bellcore, INRIA, ISI, Marimba and Sun. The second day will finish 
with a discussion on the future directions of W3C work in the area of push 

On September 2, representatives of the following 43 organisations had 
registered for the W3C workshop on Push technology: Apple, Art Technology 
Group, Backweb, Bellcore, British Telecom, Bull, Canal+, CERN, CNET, 
Computing Services International, DataChannel, Digital Equipment, 
Ernest+Young, FirstFloor Software, Defense Information Systems Agency, 
Ericsson, France Telecom, GlobalCast, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Intermind, 
Lexmark, Lucent, NEC, Marimba, Matranet, Microsoft, MITRE, 
National Security Agency, Sitara Networks, Netscape, Newscorp, Novell, 
NTT/MCI, Open Group Research Institute, Partners Healthcare System, 
Pointcast, Progressive Networks, Reuters, Sun, University of Irvine and Xerox.
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