Artifact Details

Title

Bell, Gordon interview

Catalog Number

102746646

Type

Text

Date

1988-06-17

Contributor

Bell, Gordon, Interviewee
Pelkey, James L., Interviewer

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Cupertino, California

Extent

35 p.

Description

Gordon Bell may seem like an unlikely name in a list of interviewees selected to reconstruct the history of computer communications. As James L. Pelkey recalls, “Bell certainly questioned my logic when I called to ask for an interview.” This interview captures Gordon Bell’s perspective on the chaos that characterized the early history of local area networking (LAN). He also provides critical insight into the history of the DIX (Digital Equipment Corporation—Intel—Xerox) partnership. Bell’s role in dragging DEC to adopt Ethernet influenced IBM’s defensive, and ultimately unsuccessful, decision to select token ring as their networking technology and led to DEC becoming a leader in both the networking and internetworking markets.

Category

Transcription

Subject

ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network); Carnegie Mellon University; Pelkey, James L.; Tymshare; Telenet; Ethernet; Operational amplifier (op-amp); semiconductor; Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART); Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC); Bell Laboratories; Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO ); Interface Message Processor (IMP); Wecker, Stuart; DECnet; Metcalfe, Robert; Data General Corporation (DG); Liddle, David

Collection Title

James L. Pelkey collection : history of computer communications

Credit

Gift of James Pelkey

Lot Number

X5671.2010