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Pay Homage to Paul Baran

20. February 2009 03:43 by Scott in   //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (25)

Pay Homage to the inventor of Packet Switching in which is one of the foundations of the World Wide Web.  Along with Paul Baran, Donald Davies and Leonard Kleinrock they are the inventors of Packet Switching.  The idea and execution of packet switching is what allows the entire internet to exist in side a giant bubble.  The bubble when tested can reroute it self automatically.  Data that gets sent over the internet is not defined by a single line feed.  It is not defined by a single point of entry and exit.  It is not defined by where the phone lines come and go to.  What defines the direct of data is the whole term packet switching. 

Packet switching in its simplest sense is data transfer of small packets of data over the internet or world wide web in which each packet defines its own highway to get to its destination.  The idea behind it was to have multiple routes to send data.  Developed and designed back in the 60's.  It was to allow for communications to be made over phone lines which had a linear track.  If the soviets back in the 60's decided to bomb the United States in a critical area, they would have taken out phone lines and most likely short wave radio.  Therefore leaving parts of the country un attached to the rest of the country.  An idea had to be created which allowed transfer of information other than phone lines and other than single node transports.  The Packet Switching at that time was being invented by Paul Baran and his team. 


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The internet was started by Arpa which is now known as Darpa.  Arpa had the latest and greatest.  There was very little red tape with Arpa and extremely little politics.  If they wanted it, they got it.  Paul was apart of Arpa. 

Al Gore is said to have created the internet which is not entirely false.  He was a leader in providing funding to the world wide web.  If it wasn't for his funding, government funding the WWW wouldn't exist as it does today.  The WWW is still in its infancy but we are further in communication than we would have ever been without it.  So next time you talk to one of your libertarian friends talk about Paul Baran and his creation, but also tell them that if it wasn't for the Government, we wouldn't have the World Wide Web as it is today.

Thank you Paul.  I am able to type in this blog because of what you created.  I am able to make a bit of money on what you helped create.  Silicone Valley is able to exist because of you and your team.  The Global World is able to communicate a bit faster and easier because of what you created.  In the past, it was not done for fame, money or reputation points.  It was done to help the world communicate better, faster and have a more reliable Government.  If you voted for Obama in the past election, thank Paul and his team.  Obama's Presidency would have been very unlikely along with anyone knowing his name if it wasn't for the internet and what Paul helped to create.  The internet is changing the way the government communicates to its citizens.  It is becoming a more transparent system. Instead of worrying about your reputation points or money, why not focus a little more on your community because if it wasn't for the community Paul Baran might have not created Packet Switching.

 


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