[mailhist-discuss] other network mail systems

Craig Partridge craig at aland.bbn.com
Fri Apr 6 14:59:59 PDT 2012


Speaking as the Anecdotes Editor for IEEE Annals, detailed personal
recollections of the folks who built/ran the systems would also be
welcomed for Annals.

Craig

> Those sound interesting to me. Systems of this kind are much less well
> documented than the ARPANET/Internet technologies. So starting the process
> of getting their history preserved (perhaps in an archive such as the
> Charles Babbage Institute if manuals or other documents can be located)
> would be an important contribution of the project.
> 
> Tom
> 
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> Vleck
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> Subject: [mailhist-discuss] other network mail systems
> 
> I know of two.. the IBM "internal network" and the Tandem internal mail
> system.
> 
> My knowledge of the IBM network comes from Usenet posts on the subject by
> Lynn Wheeler.
> The VNET network had its origin as a file transfer protocol that ran on
> CP/CMS in the early 70s.
> The same software was later used for BITNET.  See
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSCS
> 
> The Tandem mail system used Tandem's Exchange networking, which provided a
> single system image file system spanning multiple computers.
> It was written about 1979; by the time I joined Tandem in 1981, there were
> more than a thousand users on dozens of systems.
> A gateway between the Tandem mail system and SMTP mail on the Internet was
> don in the late 80s.
> I can provide more information on the Tandem mail system if this is
> interesting to anyone.
> 
> 
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