[TUHS] Research Datakit notes

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Sat Jul 2 12:57:07 AEST 2022

On Fri, Jul 01, 2022 at 08:51:53PM -0600, Grant Taylor via TUHS wrote:
> On 6/25/22 7:17 PM, Paul Ruizendaal wrote:
> >In his video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojRtJ1U6Qzw), Sandy explains
> >why he became dissatisfied with Spider and the main reason was that doing
> >switching/routing on a mini computer was just plain inefficient as
> >compared to a telephone switch (at 37:06). This was 1972. The result was a
> >new design, Datakit, that could route/switch packets at high speed and in
> >parallel.
> I didn't realize, or even fathom that something preceded ATM.
> Now it seems like Spider preceded Datakit which preceded ATM.  Very
> interesting.

They were Bell Labs, funded by the phone company.  It makes sense that
they would look at networking through the phone company lens.

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