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Backpack: Yuval Bachar

Mirjam Kühne

The concept of disaggregation could not be taken seriously before the rise of merchant silicon. Yuval Bachar designed the Backback, one of the first "white box" routers in the world.

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Silicon Switching Engine: Tony Li

Mirjam Kühne

Software switching on general purpose processors was the rule in early networks; in fact, one of the original differences between a router and a switch was whether packets were switched in hardware or software. In this recording, Tony Li discusses the first hardware switching router, the SSE, which…

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Divergence of Routing and Compute: Dinesh Dutt

Mirjam Kühne

In many ways, routers and switches are just special purpose computing platforms. How did they come to be considered completely different kinds of devices? Dinesh Dutt joins the history of networking to explain.

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eVPN: Rahul Aggarwal

Mirjam Kühne

eVPN uses BGP to carry information to form layer 2 and layer 3 overlays. eVPN has expanded, over time, to solve most overlay problems.

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Email: Dave Crocker

Mirjam Kühne

Dave Crocker developed one of the first email systems, developed the software, and helped popularize and standardize the protocols underlying modern email.

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MIME: Nathaniel Borenstein

Mirjam Kühne

Every time you attach something to an email, you use MIME.

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EIGRP: Donnie Savage

Mirjam Kühne

The Enhanced Interior Gateway Protocol (EIGRP) was, at one time, a dominant routing protocol in large-scale networks.

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DNS: Paul Mockapetris

Mirjam Kühne

DNS is a critical system in all networks, as it converts names to topological addresses where services can be found.

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DNS Adoption: Paul Vixie

Mirjam Kühne

Even though DNS seems obvious now, it took a good coder to sit down and write an initial implementation to get the protocol deployed in early networks. Paul Vixie, who wrote the original BIND toolset, joins the history of networking.

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WHOIS: Mark Kosters

Mirjam Kühne

WHOIS is a crucial protocol for the day-to-day operation of the Internet, providing information on who owns what address space, and how to contact them.

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