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Web Links
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Computer Networking: Global Infrastructure for the 21st Century" by Vinton Cerf (one of the original Internet architects)

A Brief History of the Internet, by the original architects

"Understanding Digital Packet Switching" (with animated graphics)

Microsoft WAN Technologies document covering various switching methods

Noritoshi Demizu's Internetworking technical resources page

Cisco's internetworking technology overviews

RAD Communications: "Introduction to Packet Switching and X.25 in Public Data Networks"

RAD Communications: Packet Switching Simulation

"The History of the Net" by Henry Edward Hardy

Short History of the Internet" by Bruce Sterling

"The End of the End-to-End Argument" by David P. Reed

See "Datagram and Datagram Services" and "IP (Internet Protocol)" for more links.

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