CET meeting 05-06. 02. 2000. Budapest
Internet: Past, present, future


1969: The first log.
Around Labor Day in 1969, BBN (Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc.) delivered an Interface Message Processor to UCLA that was based on a Honeywell DDP 516, and when they turned it on, it just started running.
It was hooked by 50 kBps circuits to two other sites (SRI and UCSB) in the four-node network: UCLA, Stanford Research Institute (SRI), UC Santa Barbara (UCSB), and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
The plan was unprecedented: Kleinrock, a pioneering computer science professor at UCLA, and his small group of graduate students hoped to log onto the Stanford computer and try to send it some data. They would start by typing "login," and seeing if the letters appeared on the far-off monitor.

    "We set up a telephone connection between us and the guys at SRI...,"
    "We typed the L and we asked on the phone,

    "Do you see the L?"
    "Yes, we see the L," came the response.
    "We typed the O, and we asked, "Do you see the O."
    "Yes, we see the O."
    "Then we typed the G, and the system crashed"...

Yet a revolution had begun"...

1972: First public demonstration of ARPANET
In late 1971, Larry Roberts at DARPA decided that people needed serious motivation to get things going. In October 1972 there was to be an International Conference on Computer Communications, so he asked Bob Kahn at BBN to organize a public demonstration of the ARPANET.
It took Bob Kahn about a year to get everybody far enough along to demonstrate a bunch of applications on the ARPANET. The idea was that we would install a packet switch and a Terminal Interface Processor or TIP in the basement of the Washington Hilton Hotel, and actually let the public come in and use the ARPANET, running applications all over the U.S ....
The demo was a roaring success, much to the surprise of the people at AT&T who were skeptical about whether it would work.
About one - two years after the first online demo the NET became really busy especially "every Friday night"
There was an ARPANET "conference" on the Star Trek game every Friday night. Star Trek was a text based game where you used photon torpedos and phasers to blast Klingons.