minutes of WWW Birds of A Feather @ IEEE MM'94 Conference

sg04%kesser@gte.com (Yechezkal-Shimon Gutfreund)
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WWW Birds of A Feather @ IEEE MM'94 Conference

Minutes of meeting:

I. Attendance
	About 12 people attended. Two from Bell Labs, One from Sandia,
	two from MIT, GTE,  and a few others.

II. Topics

a. Hierachical caching, multi-part MIME messages

	briefly discussed as a good thing.

b. Continous (as apposed to stateless HTTP)

	A general consensus for need, but a feeling that it should
	not be part of the HTTP protocol

c. Multi-Threaded WWW clients

	Sure. When can we get them?

d. Embedded audio, movies, and other viewers

	Considered part of a new WWW client archicteture

e. New client architecture
	General consensus that one large "do-everything" client
 	is an outdated concept. Clients should be composed out
	of a hetergenous mix of pieces - all cooperating to produce
	one logical WWW client.

	However, there was much to still be resolved as to how these
	pieces communicate. Some were inclined to extend HTTP, so
	want a new protocol. I am partial to shared distributed memories
	along the tuple-space model of Linda, etc. 

f. Security

	lots of concern about the cost of firewalls (e.g. at Bell Labs).
	and also lots of concern about new protocols for continuous
	interaction, and the holes they might open up. 

	Basically, we face competing needs (1) to open up the protocol
	to allow more live embedded and interactive apps to work in
	conjuction with the client (2) the need for restricited protocols
	that can be verified for rigor and security.

g. WWW resource discovery

	Some interesting comments about librarians and their ability
	to master the task of locating information in one knowledge domain
	scattered among many sources. 

	Also some interesting sociological discussions about the potential
	jobs security and career opportunites for those who can master
	where to find things on the Web!

	Definite interest in URN type mechanisms that detatch physical
	name from logical name. 

h. Jobs
	seems that MIT students are in hot demand this year as summer
	interns to produce HTML pages for companies! Students get the
	opportunity to "learn about networks" and companies get nice
	looking pages.

Yechezkal-Shimon Gutfreund		 	   sgutfreund@gte.com [MIME]
GTE Laboratories, Waltham MA     ftp://ftp.gte.com/pub/circus/home/home.html

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