Internet seems to be 36 years old! Still Internet is in its childhood, comparable to a 10 year old kid!
According to Computer History Museum, Internet timeline starts in 1962 with research at MIT and UCLA.
In 1963, ASCII standard developed.
In 1964, IBM‘s System 360 computers came to market. IBM came up with SABRE air travel reservation system for American Airlines, linking 2000 terminals in 60 cities via phone lines.
In 1965, DEC unveils the PDP 8, the first commercially successful minicomputer.
In 1966, ARPA network project started to link its IPTOs.
In 1967, the first ARPA researchers’ conference held in in Ann Arbor, Michigan, came up with the concept of IMPs. IMPs evolved into today’s routers.
In 1968, The ARPA team refined the overall structure and specifications for the ARPANET.
In 1969, four sites/nodes are selected for interconnecting.
The first node on ARPANET at UCLA became operational on 2-Sep-69. Some consider this as the birthday. Vint Cerf, father of the Internet was part of the UCLA team.
On 7-Apr-69, a memo entitled Request for Comments is sent out. This is the first of thousands of RFCs that document the design of the ARPANET and the Internet. [RFC links]
The team was known as the Network Working Group and defined the first protocol – NCP.
The second site was setup at SRI.
The first host-to-host connection, from UCLA to SRI, is made on October 29, 1969. The first log-in crashed the IMPs, but the next one worked!
Many people consider this as the beginning of Internet.
So get ready to celebrate the Internet’s birthday on October 29th!
[Celebrate it by sending a special online greeting card from Ananthapuri.com!]
Father of the Internet
Vint Cerf is known as the Fathers of the Internet.
Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn designed the TCP/IP and the architecture of the Internet.
Vint Cerf is currently the vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since September 2005. He also serves as chairman of the board of the ICANN. Before joining Google, Cerf was working in DARPA and MCI. In MCI, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.