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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Birth of WWW

~ Contributed by Prabhu Shiv Singh ~

Congratulations to the Marketing team for starting a new movement in MYJUNCTION! Technology drives me...and my first post on the myjunction blog is on technology.

It's strange how technology concepts can be put in place in the real world...no...how real world concepts can be put in the technology world...the chicken and egg cliché!
We all live and thrive in networks...social networks, family networks, business networks, the network of life (most complex !) But the "technology" network on which we survive...is the Internet!

I want to share with you a brief history of the Internet.

The ARPANET project was conceptualised by the Pentagon in the 1970s (peak of the cold war) to sustain communication in the US of A in case of any nuclear catastrophe. And this project gave birth to the genesis of a revolution! In this endeavour, the DARPA committee hired the top engineering institutes in the country to develop a new communication infrastructure. In the lead was UCLA at Berkeley.

Internet communication is driven in a set of specified rules called Protocols. There are hundreds of protocols which govern communication but the supreme "king of protocols" on the internet is the TCP/IP protocol, developed by Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn in the early 1980s in Berkeley.

The ARPANET started with a group of some 10 engineering colleges, but spread its tentacles to around 50 colleges by the late 1980s. It’s popularity as a campus networking playground for all the geeks took off…like a dreamliner! Undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates kept working on it and evolving it as part of their college projects. Most of the basic networking programs with which our FMS/ IT diagnoses our computers were born during this time. Ping, Traceroute...all have amazing histories to them!

The movement soon moved across the Atlantic. In Europe, the particle research facility CERN was working a on a huge research project and needed an effective means to share hundreds of technical papers across all researchers in Europe. One physicist by the name of Tim Berners-Lee wanted to put a solution to this sharing problem and he did it...the hi-tech way. He worked for years on ways for disparate computers to exchange content on a uniform technology platform. Thus was born 'http' (hyper-text transfer protocol)! and which in gave birth to the www (world wide web)!

Thus was established the Information Superhighway!

Till the next post...it’s your very own techno-geek saying take care.

[Images have been sourced from the Internet]

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