[mailhist-discuss] Segments of email history

Craig Partridge craig at aland.bbn.com
Tue Apr 10 13:18:48 PDT 2012

Addendum -- since we're often asked who was responsible -- from where I sat,
the key driving folks were Dick Edmiston of CSNET and Mark Horton from the
UUCP project -- with due credit to Jake Feinler of SRI for organizing the meeting 
and being supportive of the result.


> On 4/10/2012 7:34 AM, Craig Partridge wrote:
> > I think we're miscommunicating, so let me try again.
> > 
> > DNS made it possible to adopt hierarchical names in the Internet.  It also
> > provided a possible template for hierarchical naming elsewhere.
> > 
> > The decision by other networks to adopt not just hierarchy but the DNS
> > hierarchy, and for the Internet folks to respect subdomains created by
> > other networks, made it seamless -- and that was done at a meeting chaired
> > by Jake Feinler at SRI in January 1986.  The other networks had to develop
> > their own lookup mechanisms internally.
> > 
> > It was entirely possible, and indeed, gently threatened at that meeting
> > that the networks would adopt some other hierarchical scheme.
> Well, this definitely underscores the importance of operational choices, as
> opposed to technology "invention".
> I always highlight a critical contribution of NSFNet as forcing support for
> multiple IP backbones (resulting in the creation of BGP).  Prior to NSFNet,
> there was officially only the BBN backbone, with tidbits of other unofficial
> backbones, but they were supported in an entirely ad hoc manner. NSFNet forced 
> a
> serious solution.
> While I knew that CSNet was the first time Arpa delegated authority for adding
> new sites to the net (albeit through indirect connections, initially) I hadn't
> thought about the emerging set of independent email services as composing
> multiple backbones that were being integrated.  You reference to "threat"
> highlights the reality of this.
> What 1-3 word tag would you use for this 'consortium' decision in email history
> ?
> d/
> -- 
>   Dave Crocker
>   Brandenburg InternetWorking
>   bbiw.net
Craig Partridge
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