[ih] internet-history Digest, Vol 15, Issue 4
braden at ISI.EDU
Wed May 17 08:56:33 PDT 2006
*> > From: "Tim Moors" <t.moors at unsw.edu.au>
*> > I'm wondering if some of the sages on this mailing list might be able
*> > to shed some light on the origins of the term "router"
*> This is definitely the right place!
*> In particular, I get a share (exactly how large I will let others judge) of
*> the credit (blame?) for explicitly pushing the term "router" as a desirable
*> replacement for "gateway".
We blame you for everything else, why not this... ;-)
*> > The first reference to routers in the context of the "network layer"
*> > appears in the April 1984 "Gateway SIG Meeting Notes" (RFC 898)
*> Have you looked in the Internet Meeting notes (in the IEN series, all
*> available online, although only some are in ASCII)? That's probably the
*> best place to look...
Just for fun, I just did a grep in ~in-notes/ien/, and got exactly one
hit (among those that are online): IEN178, April 1981, by Carl Sunshine.
. Another approach might be to return a special error
message to the neighboring router forcing it to choose another
entry point to the failed network. This
backup-and-try-alternate method has been implemented for call
setup in Telenet .
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