We look back on some of the most important events in networking over the years and find out from the experts what the future of this sector is set to look like
What started out as a collection of computers sending commands to one another, has evolved into a computing sector covering areas such as Network Attached Storage, Wi-Fi, the cloud and the burgeoning Internet of Things market.
Here, we look back on some of the most important events in computer networking over the years and find out from the experts what the future of this sector is set to look like over the coming years…
George Stibitz, who is internationally recognised as one of the fathers of the first modern digital computer, uses a teletype (an electromechanical typewriter that can be used to send and receive typed messages) to send commands to the Complex Number Computer in New York over telegraph lines. It was the first computing machine ever used remotely.
American Airlines calls on IBM to implement the SABRE reservation system and online transaction processing is born. Using telephone lines, SABRE links 2,000 terminals in 65 cities to a pair of IBM 7090 computers and is able to deliver data on any flight in less than three seconds. Before the introduction of SABRE, the American Airlines’ system for booking flights was entirely manual. It consisted of a team of eight operators who sorted through a rotating file with cards for every flight.
Access to the ARPANET is expanded in 1981. In 1982, the internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) is introduced as the standard networking protocol on the ARPANET. In the early 1980s the NSF funds the establishment for national supercomputing centers at several universities, and provides interconnectivity in 1986 with the NSFNET project, which also created network access to the supercomputer sites in the United States from research and education organisations. Commercial Internet service providers (ISPs) begin to emerge in the late 1980s.
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