Alice M. Fisher

Here is what I have in my files/and sources (noted below) Enjoy the ride back in history!

Like many other great ideas, the “network of Networks” grew out of a project that began with a far different intent: a network clled ARPANET, desgined and developed in 1969 by Bolt, Bernek, and Newman under a contract to the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Dept of Defense (ARPA). This project, ARPANET was a contracted network to connect university, military, and defense contractors; it was established to help researchers in the process of sharing information ( not too unlike social networking today), and not coincidentally to study computer-based command and control for the US military. The founders originally only thought of letting only researchers log on and run programs on remote computers-the network grew. They soon added a file transfer capabilities, electronic email and mailing lists to keep people interested in common subjects in communication.

Imagine if you will how were YOU communicating in 1969? in 1978? In 1988? ? 1998? 2008?
What tools were you using to get the business of business done?
In 1969-to 1989, Internet growth Reports show the following historical data:

Date Hosts | Date Hosts Networks Domains
12/69 4 07/89 130,000 650 3,900

USSR launches Sputnik, first artificial earth satellite. In response, US forms the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), the following year, within the Department of Defense (DoD) to establish US lead in science and technology applicable to the military (:amk:)

Leonard Kleinrock, MIT: “Information Flow in Large Communication Nets” (May 31)
First paper on packet-switching (PS) theory

J.C.R. Licklider & W. Clark, MIT: “On-Line Man Computer Communication” (August)
Galactic Network concept encompassing distributed social interactions

Paul Baran, RAND: “On Distributed Communications Networks”
Packet-switching networks; no single outage point

ARPA sponsors study on “cooperative network of time-sharing computers”

TX-2 at MIT Lincoln Lab and AN/FSQ-32 at System Development Corporation (Santa Monica, CA) are directly linked (without packet switches) via a dedicated 1200bps phone line; Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) computer at ARPA later added to form “The Experimental Network”

Lawrence G. Roberts, MIT: “Towards a Cooperative Network of Time-Shared Computers” (October)
First ARPANET plan

ARPANET design discussions held by Larry Roberts at ARPA IPTO PI meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan (April)
ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (October)

First design paper on ARPANET published by Larry Roberts: “Multiple Computer Networks and Intercomputer Communication with first meeting of the three independent packet network teams (RAND, NPL, ARPA)

National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Middlesex, England develops NPL Data Network under Donald Watts Davies who coins the term packet. The NPL network, an experiment in packet-switching, used 768kbps lines

PS-network presented to the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA)
Request for quotation for ARPANET (29 Jul) sent out in August; responses received in September
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) awarded Network Measurement Center contract in October

Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc. (BBN) awarded Packet Switch contract to build Interface Message Processors (IMPs)

US Senator Edward Kennedy sends a congratulatory telegram to BBN for its million-dollar ARPA contract to build the “Interfaith” Message Processor, and thanking them for their ecumenical efforts

Network Working Group (NWG), headed by Steve Crocker, loosely organized to develop host level protocols for communication over the ARPANET. (:vgc:)

ARPANET commissioned by DoD for research into networking

But, even as ARPANET grew other mini networks were spawning and it became clear that the new methods of communicating would be neccessary.

As early as 1973, in an era of mainframe computing and a full decade before the Desk top PC revolution took hold, ARPA, under its new anaronym DARPA (Defense Advanced Project Agency) began a program, called the Internetting Project. The goal then was to examin packet swtiching by radio and satellite in to two networks linked to ARPANET. Central to this concept of internetting was the need to overcome the different methods each network used to move its information. DECnet, was a protoal used by networks running digital equipment corporation computers. Novell another for office networks, TCP/IP, for transmission control protocol for Internet Protocol addressing.

The TCP/IP protocols were developed in 1974, by Robert Kahn, a major player in ARPANET development, and past president of Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), and computer scientist Vinton G. Cerf ( former president of the Internet Society and senior VP of data network architechture at MCI. These “mechanisms” were what allowed the Internet to appear. TCP/IP is not ans was not the only protocol connecting a variety of networks. The Internet was/is comprised of a multinetwork of protocols.(OSI,BITNET, UUCP, USENET to name some)

In 1983, the US Defense Communications Agency mandated TCP/IP for all ARPANET hosts. In doing so-by setting a standard, it established the first official Internet Standard by which the Internet grew and still grows today. From that point forward, more gateways were added, connect more networks. Many people date the :”TRUE” Internet arrival in 1983, the year when the original ARPANET was split into MILNET-to be used for unclassified military communications and the ARPANET for continuing research into networking. But, wait,as early as 1980, CSNET, a network linking computer science departments in several states became the first true autonomous network where DARPANET was allowed to connect to ARPANET.

CSNET eventually merged with BITNET in 1989. the ARPANET itself was decomissioned in 1990, and this is when I first got on the Internet my self, through Weber State University, and obtained information from NASA from a green screen for some research I was doing. I remember is was like magic then. My how things have changed. In 1990, ARPANET’s functions were absorbed into a broader-structure of the Internet. But, the two Networks BIT and ARPA had established a workable priniciple: let networks communicate by a set of protocols through gateways. That principle was advanced yet again, by the National Science Foundation, which assumed ARPANET’s functionality within a new network of its own-NSFNET with the purpose of connecting six super computers centers around the country and this began the first true networked program linking sites for the scientific community. TCP/IP was the protocol of choice and by 1986 NSF had expanded into a backbone network-six sites by 56-kilobits per second data circuits-which quickly became overloaded as traffic increased and 115 million packets per month were carried.

In 1987 Merit and MCI and IBM were working in partnership on the NSFNET backbone. And by 1988-1989 FIX East and FIX West were developed as part of the Federal Interagency eXchange FIX West was located out of NASA Ames Research Center in San Fran, CA and FIX East was located out of the University of Marland. As a reult of this business collaboration with NSFNET ANS was born to operate on the first T1 Network, and therefter a the first T3 network which became operational December 2, 1992-creating a 700 fold increase over and above the 56 KPS days. NSFNET had grown from 195 million packets in 8/1988 to 24 billion packets in 11/1992. The new T3 backbone at NSFNET allow the equivalent of 1,400 single -spaced, hand typed pages of text per second to be transmitted-which was remarkable back in the day. NSFNET was decommisioned in April of 1995, no longer the original first true backbone for Internet traffic in the US. It was taken on by InternetMCI operating then by SprintLink, ANSNET (along with UUNET and PSINET) offering Wide-area connectivity. The original ANS was acquired by America Online in 1994, an indication of how the lines of demarcation between Internet services and other forms of commercial on-line service were just beginning to blur.

We’ve Come along way baby, and communication has never been the same since.
Or, have we come full circle?

For a complete time line of the Internet please refer to Hobbes’ Internet Timeline Copyright (c)1993-2006 by Robert H Zakon, probably the most complete Internet timeline resource.

Alice M. Fisher

My Sources:
From Grad School -the following was AU’s mandatory reading for Public Communications Graduates in 1996 and I found it fascinating way back then…The New Internet Navigator by Paul Gilster -1995( forward by Vinton G. Cerf, the Internet Society)

See Cover and some of Newsweek magazine predictions from 20 years ago to the date: October 24, 1988

Predictions of the Past- 10 years ago 1998

Apple’s 1988 Computing predications for 2008