I’ve been trying to understand why it has been so difficult for me to explain “best
efforts” connectivity. I assumed that we had already transcended the network-of-networks
framing but I was wrong. One telling conversation (that I think I’ve cited in the past)
was in Rio at an event Luca hosted. One of the remote attendees talked about sharing a
single phone line. Nicalas and I tried to explain the idea of using Internet-like
protocols to share the wire even if it’s not connected to the rest of the world. I have
lots of other examples but it’s a difficult concept.
Given this my next two columns try to explain this better.
tries to explain that the origins of the Internet are in
psychology and not in network engineering. (Officially it’s the September column – the
IEEE goes at the speed of hardware not software innovation)
) I dive deeper into
the basic concepts. That’s still an early draft so I’d appreciate input and questions. I
plan to follow up with another essay on the power of a Public Packet Infrastructure which
is a concept DC3 can build on rather than extending the telecom model.