As technologists, we often view our systems within the context of today. We see current features, modern hardware platforms, and new technologies. We don’t view the tools and protocols we use every day through the lens of history.
However, this myopic view of technology stunts our understanding. Just as people, communities, and organizations have a history which shapes their present and future, so does technology. Knowing our history, and understanding the problems which led to present solutions, will make us better engineers.
With this in mind the Network Collective crew, along with Russ White and Donald Sharp, is launching a new podcast series called the History of Networking. In this series, we interview the individuals who built the foundation of modern day networks. We’ll hear about the technical, political, and organizational challenges they faced solving real-world problems in IP networks.
Interested in the creation of Spanning Tree, BGP Add Path, and EIGRP? We’ll be covering all of these topics in future episodes.
Today, we launch the first History of Networking podcast with Fred Baker, former IETF chair and the author of several RFC’s including RFC 2474 (Definition of the DS Field in IPv4 and IPv6 Headers), which was foundational for modern Quality of Service.
Deepen your knowledge of today’s networks by understanding the problems and solutions of the past.
History of Networking will be delivered via the Network Collective stream. There are several ways you can subscribe.