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[ih] NCP to TCP/IP Transition

Hi Matthias

The url for a paper I did on the transition is:


best wishes

co-author "Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet"
published by IEEE Computer Society, 1997

On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 12:50 PM, Matthias B?rwolff
<mbaer at cs.tu-berlin.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> is my understanding correct in that it actually took more than a year to
> do the transition from NCP to TCP/IP, starting roughly in early 1982 and
> being done with by mid-1983? This is what RFC 801 (the plan), and rfc842
> through rfc848 plus rfc876 (the progress reports) seem to indicate.
> I am asking because the transition is nowadays always being referred to
> as a flag day transition (which in may understanding is defined as the
> very absence of any transition period, e.g. something like changing from
> driving on the left to driving on the right side of the road), but
> apparently this was neither the case, nor was it intended to be. There
> was simply a deadline, which, of course, was not met.
> Also, I am wondering, have the application layer gateways (relays) that
> RFC 801 refers to been deployed, and if yes, to which extend, and how
> successful?
> And a final question, while I'm at it: How decisive was the pressure
> from DCA in this? My impression has been that without the top-down
> pressure the whole thing may well never have happened, despite all the
> money being poured into TCP/IP implementations.
> Pointers to relevant literature sources are appreciated, too. Thanks
> again for your help.
> Matthias
> --
> Matthias B?rwolff
> mbaer at csail.mit.edu

Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet