45th Anniversary of the First Message Between ARPAnet Computers

By Dan York
Dan York

Given that CircleID is about "Internet Infrastructure" it would be remiss if there wasn't a mention here that October 29, 2014, was the 45th anniversary of the moment when the first message was sent between two ARPAnet computers located at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute (SRI).

That moment was chronicled well this year by Matt Novak writing on Gizmodo's Paleofuture, complete with photos of the original logs and more. Five years ago the Computer History Museum also had a good piece. Two Internet Hall of Fame interviews with Leonard Kleinrock and Steve Crocker also give more insight into what happened on that October night.

Much was yet to be discovered, of course. The Internet Protocol (IP) was still to be invented and networks of computers would come to be connected… but all of that amazing early ARPAnet work led to the Internet infrastructure we have today.

45 years ago this week a message was exchanged between two computers — where will be 45 years from today?

By Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies - and on staff of Internet Society. Dan is employed as a Senior Content Strategist with the Internet Society but opinions posted on CircleID are entirely his own. Visit the blog maintained by Dan York here.

Related topics: Internet Protocol, Networks

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