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ONC Remote Procedure Call (ONCRPC) Charter


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Description of Working Group

The purpose of the Open Network Computing Remote Procedure Call Working Group is to update the RFCs that describe ONC RPC to reflect the current state of the deployed and accepted technology, and submit them for Internet standardization.

ONC RPC is currently described in ``RPC: Remote Procedure Call Protocol Specification Version 2'' (RFC 1057), and ``XDR: External Data Representation Standard'' (RFC 1014).

The focus of the ONC-RPC Working Group is to document and standardize the current ONC RPC protocols. It is not the intent of this working group to develop extensions to these protocols. However, once these tasks are completed, discussions of future enhancements are expected. These discussions could lead to a follow on working group.


ONC RPC is a Remote Procedure Call technology that originated in Sun Microsystems in the early 1980s. ONC RPC was modelled on Xerox's Courier RPC protocols. It has been widely deployed on platforms from most major workstation vendors. It has been implemented on MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows NT, Mac, VMS, MVS, and practically all flavors of UNIX, among others. Sun Microsystems plans to give the ownership of ONC RPC and change control over the ONC RPC protocols to the IETF.

Goals and Milestones

Post XDR: External Data Representation Standard (an update of RFC 1014) as an Internet-Draft.
Post RPC: Remote Procedure Call Protocol Specification Version 2 (update of RFC 1057) as an Internet-Draft.
May 1994
Submit XDR document to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard
May 1994
Submit RPC document to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard

NOTE: The Internet-Draft(s) listed below may have been deleted since they are only good for six months.