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Re: NSF and the Birth of the Internet
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 12:11:01 -0400



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From: DV Henkel-Wallace <gumby () henkel-wallace org>
Date: August 19, 2008 10:05:40 AM EDT
To: mfidelman () meetinghouse net
Cc: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: Re: [IP] Re:     NSF and the Birth of the Internet

At the time of the TCP transition, MIT's CHAOSNET gatewayed to the ARPANET properly (i.e. fully in both directions). I was out at PARC that year and used it to get "home". I remember it working outgoing before that (i.e. in the NCP days) but my memory may be faulty. This would have been work by Greenblatt, Plummer, Chiappa, Moon, et al. Note that MIT's ITS machines were online under TCP on the flag day, which was NOT true of berkeley unix, though they got the bugs out of their implementation pretty quickly. I believe the ITS machines were technically the first.

I think SU-NET was connected around the same time.

Finally the other date that I think is significant is when the HOSTS file finally got too big and a bunch of non-domainified aliases (e.g. MIT-AI) had to be taken out (so you could only use MIT-AI.ARPA). My memory is hazy as to when that was.

Most importantly of all, I was "just a user" (as much as you could be when using ITS) and the most amazing part to me was that it all "just worked."


From: Miles Fidelman <mfidelman () meetinghouse net>
Date: August 19, 2008 8:49:15 AM EDT

Overall, the maps in the NSF site sort of jumped from ARPANET to NSFnet, without mentioning a few key intermediate dates:

????: First LAN connected to the ARPANET

Can anybody fill in dates and details?





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