15 June 2017
THE INTERNET – CERF, Vinton (b.1943) and KAHN, Robert (b.1938). “A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication,” extract from: IEEE Transactions on Communications. May, 1974. Vol.Com-22, No.5. pp.637-48.
The foundation of the internet: first edition of Cerf and Kahn’s breakthrough Protocol, signed and inscribed by both authors with lengthy personal accounts, made at the specific request of Eric Caren. Cerf and Kahn have each given a synopsis of their invention of the TCP/IP protocol, allowing the creation of an international network of computer networks; i.e. the Internet. The word “Internet” was coined circa 1973 as an abbreviation for “internetworking of networks.” To quote Cerf’s inscription in full: “Bob Kahn and I did the initial design of the Internet over the period from Spring to Fall, 1973. The paper you see at right was published in May 1974. By Nov 22, 1977 we had demonstrated a 3-network system using the TCP/IP protocols linking ARPANET, the Packet Radio Net and the Atlantic Packet Satellite net. By 1983 we launched the operational Internet (on January 1). By 1988, we knew it needed a commercial economic engine to drive growth and obtained permission to link the Internet to the commercial MCI Mail System. By 1989, three commercial Internet services were in operation: UUNET, PSINet and CERFNET. Vinton Cerf.” Autograph material by either Cerf or Kahn is understandably very rare; the present inscriptions were made specifically for Eric C. Caren though he is not named.
Quarto (273 x 205mm). Plain cloth binding.
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