Re: Fwd: Technical History of the Internet

Rajiv Shah (
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 08:13:00 -0500

Damn!, I am so out of the loop
I would have like to heard this tutorial
Any chance someone can tape it?

At 10:24 PM 8/12/99 -0700, Rohit Khare wrote:
>I'm sorry to say this completely fell off my radar until today, but
>this session seems an absolute must for anyone studying the history
>of protocol design patterns... anyone other than Joe Touch going for
>>Date: Thu, 12 Aug 1999 15:29:23 -0400 (EDT)
>>From: Ellen Witte Zegura <>
>>Subject: Technical History of the Internet
>>Here are the late-breaking details on the structure and
>>participants in Vint Cerf's Sigcomm'99 tutorial on the Technical
>>History of the Internet (Tuesday, August 31). If the cast is
>>any indication, it should be a fantastic event.
>>Registration at:
>>Ellen Zegura
>>Tutorials Chair - Sigcomm'99
>>0: Tutorial introduction and global context setting (8:30-8:45am) - Vint Cerf
>>1: LAYING THE FOUNDATION (8:45-9:45am) - Larry Roberts
>> Early thinking about packet networks. Foundational research.
>> Baran, Fraser, Green, Kleinrock, Pouzin
>>2: BUILDING EARLY PACKET NETWORKS (9:45-10:45am) - Vint Cerf
>> Getting the ARPANET and other packet nets built and working.
>> Roughly 1969-1980.
>> Cohen, Kleinrock, Roberts, Walden, Zimmerman
>>Break - 10:45-11am
>>3: CREATING THE INTERNET (11am-12:15pm) - Bob Braden
>> Development of Internet standards. Roughly 1973-1983.
>> Cerf, Clark, Cohen, Mills
>>Lunch - 12:15-1:15pm
>>4: FIXING THE INTERNET (1:15-2:30pm) - Craig Partridge
>> The Internet shakedown cruise. Roughly 1980-1990.
>> Braden, Clark, Jacobson, Kent, Mills
>>5: CONNECTING THE WORLD (2:30-3:30pm) - Larry Landweber
>> Reaching the many. Connecting different networks.
>> Farber, Kirstein, Partridge, Wolff
>T1: Tuesday, 31 August, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
>The Technical History of the Internet
>Vinton G. Cerf
>Senior Vice President, MCI WorldCom
>Dr. Cerf will be joined by a stellar cast of original technical
>contributors to the history of internetworking, including Paul Baran,
>Bob Braden, Dave Clark, Danny Cohen, Dave Farber, Sandy Fraser, Ira
>Fuchs, Paul Green, Van Jacobson, Steve Kent, Peter Kirstein, Len
>Kleinrock, Larry Landweber, Bob Metcalfe, Dave Mills, Craig
>Partridge, Louis Pouzin, Larry Roberts, Steve Wolff, and Hubert
>The Internet that is everywhere today began a long, long time ago in
>a world without personal computers, VCRs, or cellular telephones. How
>did it evolve from a few radical ideas about packet switching in the
>early 1960s into the global Internet that dominates the
>communications landscape today?
>This tutorial will present the technical history of the Internet -
>the evolution of thinking about the architecture and technologies of
>packet networks and internetworking, starting roughly with the early
>1960s work on packet switching and extending to the present day. It
>will be told by many of the people who were there, but it will focus
>on the technical debates and decisions rather than on "who did what,
>when, and where." Did you know that experiments with packet voice in
>the early 1970s played a crucial role in the decision to create
>separate TCP and IP protocols? Or that the 1968 decision to use an
>error detection scheme consisting of a 24-bit parity check BCH code
>with retransmission for the original ARPA network was based on the
>"fundamental premise" that the mean time between undetected errors
>should be at least an order of magnitude larger than the debugging
>time for the network? At this tutorial, you will learn what worked,
>what didn't work, and what had to be fixed later and how the
>technical issues were confronted, avoided, redefined, argued, and
>ultimately resolved. This tutorial will be presented in a highly
>interactive, collective oral history format.
>Intended Audience: Everyone who is interested in understanding the
>technical sources of today's Internet should attend this tutorial.
>Because its appeal is expected to be very broad, no other tutorials
>have been scheduled for Tuesday.
>Speaker's Biography: Vinton G. Cerf is senior vice president of
>Internet Architecture and Technology for MCI WorldCom. Cerf's team of
>architects and engineers design advanced Internet frameworks for
>delivering a combination of data, information, voice, and video
>services for business and consumer use. Cerf is the co-designer of
>the TCP/IP protocol, the computer language that gave birth to the
>Internet and which is commonly used today. In December 1997,
>President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to
>Cerf and his partner, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the
>Internet. His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking,
>and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966
>and have two sons, David and Bennett.

Rajiv Shah