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DRP working groups

From: Arthur van Hoff <avh@marimba.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 11:03:41 -0700
Message-ID: <3418327D.57DBAA52@marimba.com>
To: Push Workshop <www-push@w3.org>, DRP Mailing List <drp@marimba.com>

Thank you all for a great workshop. As promised I would start a 
discussion on this mailing list to decide which working groups 
should be assigned to work on the DRP protocol. Before we can 
decide this we need to determine the overlap/synergy with other 
ongoing work in the W3C and IETF.

There are three major areas of functionality in the DRP proposal 
that are fairly distinct, and that may be discussed seperately:

1) Index Format - There seemed to be a feeling that there was
   some overlap with the Web-DAV definition of collections. Can
   someone from the Web-DAV group please provide a pointer to the
   relevant documents which define Web-DAV collections so that we
   can determine how closely related they really are?

2) Content Identifiers - There is clearly a need for globally 
   unique and verifyable identifiers for content. Work has been
   been done in this area, but we need to have a discussion to
   define content identifiers more precisely. Here are some 
   relevant sources of information:

   - URN:  http://www.ietf.org/html.charters/urn-charter.html
   - LIFN: http://www.netlib.org/utk/projects/rcds/rcds-tr/node6.html

3) HTTP Protocol Extentions - The DRP proposal in its current form 
   uses some new HTTP headers. The Content-ID header is similar but
   slightly different from ETag. The Differential-ID header is new
   and has interesting new sematics which enable the download of
   only file differences. Maybe Jim Gettys can suggest ways on how
   to proceed.

Although more than one working group may be involved in further work
on DRP, it seems that there should be a seperate working group formed
which is tasked to define interoperable transport solutions for 
push applications using HTTP and Multi-cast. The first task of this
group would be to finish a proposal for a DRP based protocol using
HTTP, followed by further work focussed around the use of Multi-cast 
as a transport.

Thoughts? Input? Ideas?

Have fun,

	Arthur van Hoff
Received on Thursday, 11 September 1997 14:04:34 UTC

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