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I would like to welcome everyone to my site that I have dedicated to information about ARPANET. I hope those of you who are not familiar with ARPANET learn a little bit about the important role it has played in human history. If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me @ andydoss at gmail.com

What was ARPANET?

ARPANET was quite possibly one of the biggest technological developments of modern history. It ranks up there with Television, Radio, Telephone, Telegraph or possibly even the printing press. Why did I pick these particular inventions to compare it to? Perhaps it is because what ARPANET helped create. Maybe it is because these industries have been scrambling to re-invent themselves since the creation of what ARPANET started. ARPANET laid the groundwork for the Internet. Without all of the hard work and innovation that went into the creation of ARPANET the Internet as we know it would not be possible today.

ARPANET was one of the first, if not the very first, packet switched network. "There were two goals for ARPANET. The first was to develop techniques on interconnecting computers in such a way that a very broad class of interactions are possible. 2nd to improve and increase computer research productivity through resource sharing." Citation 2

Two key things came out of ARPANET. First, was the proof that a packet switched network could work. Second, was the creation of the TCP/IP protocol suite. To this day, this is the same protocol that all of the various networks use that make up the Internet. If it wasn't for this standardized protocol all of the various networks and different types of hardware out there wouldn't be able to communicate with each other. Other important protocols were also developed such as DNS, FTP and Telnet.

The creation of ARPANET was funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) which was a part of the U. S. Department of Defense. ARPA would later be renamed to DARPA which you may or may not have heard of. DARPA is famous for its investment into futuristic technologies such as GPS. In 2011 two of DARPA's inventions made it on Time Magazine's 50 best invention list. One was the Urban Photonic Sandtable Display which creates a real-time, color, 3D holographic display to assist battle planners and another was the Nano Air Vehicle Hummingbird. Citation 3

I have found a great historical timeline of the Internet at www.computerhistory.org. If you would like to learn more about ARPANET please visit my history page. I have put some of the key events involving ARPANET on the history page that I learned about from the site mentioned above.

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