On 25 Jun 2022, at 21:16, Anthony Martin
The following papers are a good overview of Datakit and its
A. Fraser, "Towards a Universal Data Transport System," in IEEE
Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 1, no. 5, pp.
803-816, November 1983, doi: 10.1109/JSAC.1983.1145998.
A. G. Fraser, "Early experiments with asynchronous time division
networks," in IEEE Network, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 12-26, Jan. 1993,
The latter mentions Plan 9 but only in passing.
Yes, those are great papers - unfortunately behind a paywall.
There is a great 1994 video on Youtube by Sandy Fraser himself that more or less follows
the 1993 paper:
As Doug mentioned on this list, Sandy Fraser passed away earlier this month.
In the past years I’ve worked on understanding (early) Datakit and Sandy Fraser and his
wife were most kind with assistance looking for papers. I’ve also benefitted from the
input of Bill Marshall and of course Doug McIlroy. I’ll share my summary of Research
Datakit in a separate post.
Paul Ruizendaal <pnr(a)planet.nl> once said:
Probably you will see echoes of this in early
Plan9 network code, but I have not studied that.
As someone how has studied Plan 9 extensively, though with no insider
knowledge, it's definitely noticeable.
"In the aftermath, perhaps the most valuable effect of dealing with
Datakit was to encourage the generalized and flexible approach to
networking begun in 8th edition Unix that is carried forward into Plan
9." - dmr (2004)