Van Jacobson Denies Averting Internet Meltdown in 1980s

All Van Jacobson wanted to do was upload a few documents to the internet. Unfortunately, it was 1985.The internet wasn’t yet called the internet. It was called the ARPAnet, and it had only recently been upgraded to the TCP/IP protocol that still underpins the internet today. Jacobson was teaching a computer science course at the University of California at Berkeley, and all he wanted to do was upload some class materials to Berkeley’s computers so his students could read them. But the internet wasn’t really working. The network throughput was about a bit per second. In other words, it was slow as molasses.”I was getting a bit per second between two network gateways that were literally in the same room,” Jacobson remembers.For the next six months, Jacobson – together with Mike Karels, who oversaw Berkeley’s BSD UNIX operating system – worked to solve this internet traffic jam, and the result


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