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TitlePacket Communication
Author(s)Robert Metcalfe, David Walden, Peter H. Salus
PublishedOctober 1996
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
Bob Metcalfe invented Ethernet. He contributed to the early development of the Internet. He founded 3Com Corporation. All of which makes him a significant contributor to modern technology, but why would anyone want to read his doctoral dissertation? The ideas in "Packet Communication" are fundamental to a great deal of network operation. The theories Metcalfe explored in his dissertation were later used in the development of Ethernet, but they have also affected network design and analysis right up to modern ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) systems. In fact, most books that try to explain Internet concepts make reference to Ethernet technologies. Metcalfe has also added a retrospective outlining the general work going on at the time his paper was originally published (1973) and following from it. This work is therefore of both technical and historic relevance. The book also contains a reprint of RFC (Request for Comments) 62 by Dave Walden (on interprocess communications) and RFC 89 by Metcalfe, discussing activities in the first year of development of what would become the Internet. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1996

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This groundbreaking Harvard Ph.D. dissertation by Bob Metcalfe led directly to his invention of Ethernet and contributed significantly to the TCP/IP protocol suite developed by Vint Cerf and others. This dissertation remains a penetrating mathematical exposition of the fundamental packet switching techniques employed by both TCP/IP and Ethernet. Hard-core techies interested in either technology, as well as computer history buffs, will find this material fascinating.

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