30 Years of Ethernet

Aron Schatz
May 21, 2003
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The standard of Ethernet has been around for 30 years already. The innovations aren't over though. There are many new problems that need to be addressed.


The task of devising a way to connect multiple computers to one another and to exchange messages over increasingly busy networks fell to Xerox PARC researcher Bob Metcalfe, who in a 1973 memo described the technology that would evolve into today's ubiquitous Ethernet protocol. Metcalfe's Ethernet wasn't the first of such network protocols--some preceded it, and many more followed. But it won out and became the the dominant local area networking technology for businesses, en route to its place in the Internet, besting a long series of what Metcalfe today calls networking "Godzillas."


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