Lawrence G. Roberts

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This paper was originally distributed informally as ARPA Satellite System Note 8 on June 26, 1972. The paper is an important one and since its initial limited distribution, the paper has been frequently referenced in the open literature, but the paper itself has been unavailable in the open literature. Publication here is meant to correct the previous gap(More)
This paper was first published online by the Internet Society in December 20031 and is being re-published in ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review because of its historic import. It was written at the urging of its primary editor, the late Barry Leiner. He felt that a factual rendering of the events and activities associated with the development of the(More)
If one projects the growth of computer communication networks like the ARPANET to a worldwide situation, satellite communication is attractive for intercommunicating between the widespread geographic areas. For this variable demand, multi-station, data traffic situation, satellites are uniquely qualified in that they are theoretically capable of(More)
Electronic communications technology has developed historically almost completely within what might be called the circuit switching domain. Not until the last decade has the other basic mode of communication, packet switching, become competitive. Thus, as a technology, packet communication has only begun to be explored. Circuit switching can be defined in(More)
The Internet also represents one of the most successful examples of sustained investment and commitment to research and development in information infrastructure. Beginning with early research in packet switching, the government, industry, and academia have been partners in evolving and deploying this exciting new technology. Today, terms like(More)
In this paper a computer network is defined to be a set of autonomous, independent computer systems, interconnected so as to permit interactive resource sharing between any pair of systems. An overview of the need for a computer network, the requirements of a computer communication system, a description of the properties of the communication system chosen,(More)