OMG Internet SIG
Minutes of Meeting #6

Monday, 29 July 1996, 9a.m.-5 p.m.
Hotel Husa Princesa, Madrid, Spain




Frank Bilger - SNI -
Kathy Bohrer - IBM -
Tim Brinson - Protocol Systems -
Carol Burt - BellSouth -
Cory Casanave - Data Access -
Johan Fantenberg - Ericsson -
Dave Gamble - Micro Focus -
Richard Herbert - ICC -
Jim Hughes - Fujitsu
Gene Jarboe - NSA -
Jonathan Legh-Hunt - BT -
Mika Leppihen - Nokia research Center -
Carl-Uno Mamros - Xerox -
Stephen McConnell - OSM Consortium -
Jose Miguel Micorde - Meter 4 Software -
Rudolf M. Riess - DEC -
Tom Rutt - ATT/Lucent -
Kent Salmond - Tande, -
Colin Scott - Anderson Consulting -
Selden Stewart - NIST -
Dave Stringer - Nortel -
Shel Sutton - MITRE -
Patricia Tangney - Broadcom Eireann Research Ltd -
Craig Thompson - Object Services and Consulting -
Steve Vinoski - Hewlett-Packard -
Per Vorm - Ericsson -
Andrew Watson - OMG -
Shig Yamada - Fujitsu -


Craig Thompson (OBJS) recorded the minutes for the meeting. Shel Sutton (MITRE) led the discussion.

Netscape Announcement

Near the beginning of the meeting, Jon Siegel (OMG) came in to tell us of an announcement from Netscape

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif (July 29, 1996) -- Netscape Communications Corporation today announced it will embrace the Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (IIOP) standard as the basis for its distributed object model in its new Netscape ONE open network environment. Netscape is joining the Object Management Group consortium in supporting IIOP as an open standard for distributed computing on the Internet and intranets, providing enterprise developers with a link to existing applications as well as an easy means for creating new distributed applications. More than 50 companies today announced their support for Netscape ONE as an open standards-based framework for building interoperable Internet applications. See here and here for details.

This was very welcome news and we spent some time discussing its implications. Siegel also mentioned that Microsoft had pre-announced a plan to put OLE specifications in the hands of a standards group, the Burton Group, centered in Salt Lake City. Chris Stone had requested if OMG could join and had received a negative initial response.

RFI Submission Deadline Extended

We discussed and ended up changing the deadline for submission for the Internet Services RFI from August 26 to October 14, 1996. Reasons for extending the deadline were:

Report on the Joint Workshop on Distributed Objects and Mobile Code

Thompson reported on this workshop that had been jointly sponsored by OMG and W3C and held in Boston, MA, on 25-25 June 1996. One interesting outcome was that there are several different camps that think differently about objects and the net and few people have the big picture but most see the issues from a local perspective. That meant that, though we gathered influential people and educated each other, we did not make great leaps forward during the workshop. Position papers for the workshop are here. The draft workshop report is here.

OOPSLA Workshop coming up on OO + Web Integration

Thompson called everyone's attention to the workshop at OOPSLA'96 entitled Toward the Integration of WWW and Distributed Object Technology to be held in San Jose, CA, on Sunday, October 6 1996. Position papers are (were) due on August 12, 1996and are now posted on the web here.

Discussion on Internet Services Architecture extension to OMA

We did not schedule any presentations at this Internet SIG meeting. Instead, we used the meeting to begin to structure possible responses to the Internet RFI (that is, Shel Sutton and Craig Thompson led this portion of the meeting, which completed the day's work.

Thompson cast the problem as follows. Identify functions fi that complete the equation:

The end result of the discussion should be a better understanding of the "shape" of an OMG Internet Services Architecture, that is, an extension of the OMA to Internet-enable and Web-enable OMG applications and integrate OMG-enable Internet and Web applications with object technology. The following technology areas were listed as needed to complete Thompson's "equation".

Last updated: 22 August 1996. Send corrections to Craig Thompson. Back to OMG ISIG homepage.