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[ih] NCP and TCP implementations

On March 10, 2020 14:20:23 Leo Vegoda <leo at vegoda.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 11:07 AM Steve Crocker via Internet-history
> <internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:
>> To create the TIP, a second bank of memory was added to the 316 and some
>> interrupts and modes were added to enable switching back and forth between
>> banks.  It was a bit of a kludge with some unexpected interactions.  The
>> BBN crew finally sorted out the details and wrote a delightful titled "It's
>> Amazing That it Works at all."
> Am I right in inferring that the key driver behind the design decision
> was cost rather than elegance?

i think i misunderstood you... let me clarify..

when the 316 came out and it could hold 32k, the only plan that I knew of 
was to use the 32k 316 for the TIP.  I don't know if the
approach of just using a *second* 16k 316 for a fully
independent, standalone TIP was considered.  seems kinda brute force to me. 
 perhaps Dave remembers how the decision of
making a 32k combined imp/tip versus making the TIP an independent 
standalone host was made. I was just stuck
with the job of figuring out how to make it work.  :)


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