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NTIS - FIPS PUB 146

PROFILES FOR OPEN SYSTEMS INTERNETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES (POSIT) (WITHDRAWN)

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Organization: NTIS
Publication Date: 3 April 1991
Status: inactive
Page Count: 79
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In an increasingly complex world, the need to exchange information has become an ever more important factor in conducting business. Federal agencies need to share information not only with other Federal agencies, but with state and local governments and commercial organizations as well. Until recently, computer networking technology has not kept pace with this need to communicate. Even now, many Federal agencies have "islands" of computer systems built by different vendors, or by the same vendor, that cannot interoperate.

The GOSIP, in addition to being a Federal mandate, is an alert that the vendor community has developed a nonproprietary solution for this requirement to exchange information. The solution is the OSI protocols upon which GOSIP is based. Version 1 of GOSIP (FIPS 146) provided electronic mail and file transfer services using the OSI standards for Message Handling Systems (MHS) and File Transfer, Access, and Management (FTAM). Version 1 of GOSIP provided interoperability among users on X.25, 802.3, 802.4, and 802.5 subnetworks. In addition, Version 1 of GOSIP created a foundation upon which to build new protocols providing new services useful to Federal agencies.

Version 2 of GOSIP (FIPS 146-1) uses that foundation to provide a remote terminal access capability using the Virtual Terminal (VT) standard. At the network layer, Version 2 of GOSIP extends interoperabity to include ISDN subnetworks. Future versions of GOSIP will add new user services such as Directory Services, Transaction Processing, Electronic Data Interchange and Remote Data Base Access as well as allow interoperability among users served by other network technologies.

GOSIP does not mandate that government agencies abandon their favorite computer networking products. GOSIP does mandate that government agencies, when acquiring computer networking products, purchase OSI capabilities in addition to any other requirements, so that multi-vendor interoperability becomes a built-in feature of the government computing environment, a fact of life in conducting government business.

The OSI protocols have the potential to change the way the Federal Government does business. It is essential that Federal agencies make a strategic investment in OSI beginning now, so that they will be well positioned to take advantage of the new services provided by the OSI protocols as they become available. Planning the integration of OSI may require considerable time and effort, but this work will be more than offset by the benefits provided by the new technology.

Document History

June 20, 1995
PROFILES FOR OPEN SYSTEMS INTERNETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES (POSIT) (WITHDRAWN)
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FIPS PUB 146
April 3, 1991
PROFILES FOR OPEN SYSTEMS INTERNETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES (POSIT) (WITHDRAWN)
In an increasingly complex world, the need to exchange information has become an ever more important factor in conducting business. Federal agencies need to share information not only with other...
August 24, 1988
PROFILES FOR OPEN SYSTEMS INTERNETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES (POSIT) (WITHDRAWN)
A description is not available for this item.
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