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Catalog Number

X1590.99

Title

SRI Mobile Van

Type

Physical Object

Date

1977

Manufacturer

Stanford Research Institute (SRI)

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

model number SRI
serial number none

Description

On November 22, 1977, from this van, TCP was first used to connect a terminal to a host through three dissimlar packet networks. The terminal was radio-based and mobile. Because of the local packet radio network and TCP, the terminal was able to move throughout the [San Francisco] Bay Area while maintaining a reliable connection. The actual packet route, together with equipment similar to that used, is shown inside the van. In November 1976, a file describing progress on DARPA's Packet Radio Project was dispatched via a TCP connection to several ARPAnet sirtes from the SRI van located at a "remote" location. That location was the Apline Inn in Portola Valley, better known locally as Rosotti's. At that time, there were perhaps three or four ARPANet TENEX hosts running a TCP server. This colorful event was staged in recognition of this Internet capability.

Category

Interconnect: network: other

Credit

Gift of SRI International

Lot Number

X1590.99