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.
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
James L. Pelkey collection : history of computer communications