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Although watching TV shows from the 1970s suggests otherwise, the era wasn’t completely devoid of all things resembling modern communication systems. Sure, the 50 Kbps modems that the ARPANET ran on were the size of refrigerators, and the widely used Bell 103 modems only transferred 300 bits per second. But long distance digital communication was common enough, relative to the number of computers deployed. Terminals could also be hooked up to mainframe and minicomputers over relatively short distances with simple serial lines or with more complex multidrop systems.
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Great article on the history of Ethernet. Hm i wonder if you can still get thicknet

I like this Poem:
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The spanning tree algorithm was created by Radia Perlman at DEC in 1985, who also immortalized the algorithm in the form of a poem:

Algorhyme

I think that I shall never see
a graph more lovely than a tree.
A tree whose crucial property
is loop-free connectivity.
A tree that must be sure to span
so packet can reach every LAN.
First, the root must be selected.
By ID, it is elected.
Least-cost paths from root are traced.
In the tree, these paths are placed.
A mesh is made by folks like me,
then bridges find a spanning tree.

Radia Perlman

Edited by Thedark1337 - 7/17/11 at 9:44am
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Great read!

I still have a computer from 1995 with a 10Mbps ISA Plug n'Play Ethernet card (which I actually bought as a new old stock a few years ago) with both coaxial and (nowadays) regular Ethernet ports And it still works.

Of course, all modern computers now have Gigabit ports, but funny enough, many ISP's are still providing their customers with 100Mbps routers, so even from that point of view we still have a lot of untapped potential.

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Yea, I love history reads, but I'd like a prediction of the future on things like GPU's and such ;D
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Yea, I love history reads, but I'd like a prediction of the future on things like GPU's and such ;D
they will probably get faster

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This is just to show that the future is now.
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This is just to show that the future is now.
No, now is present.
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Yea, I love history reads, but I'd like a prediction of the future on things like GPU's and such ;D
This is about Ethernet not GPUs and such As you can see they are already thinking about 1Tb
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Will there ever be Terabit Ethernet, running at 1000Gbps? On the one hand, this seems unlikely, as transporting 100Gbps over fiber is already a big challenge. On the other hand, in 1975 few people would have guessed that today’s students would go to class carrying affordable computers with 10Gbps ports.
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before ethernet gets 1Tb/s infiniband will get it.... and even infiniband isnt near those landmarks
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a 100GE system sends an entire packet (well, if it’s 1212 bytes long) in the time that the original 10Mbps Ethernet sends a single bit.
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