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Bob Metcalfe / 3Com
Should this article dip into more details about the "discovery" (creation? :) of Ethernet, e.g. Bob Metcalfe, 3Com, et al, or just stick to technical topics? Eric M Gearhart 13:37, 23 August 2008 (CDT)
- Good question. I'm struggling with what should and should not be called Ethernet, since the term is applied to almost everything. At Nortel, someone called a 4000-km unrepeatered optical link, for undersea use, "Ethernet" because the endpoints had RJ45 connectors.
- If we go back to the original work, we really need to go before Ethernet into ALOHANET and the idea of CSMA/CD. Sooner or later, there needs to be the spectrum of collision detection & retry, collision avoidance through time slotting and token passing, etc.