[ih] Fwd: nomenclature
richard at bennett.com
Wed Dec 23 11:39:59 PST 2009
The term "host" was used for big* time-shared mainframes long before the
whole networking thing took off.
*by the standards of the day.
On 12/23/2009 11:23 AM, Larry Sheldon wrote:
> On 12/23/2009 11:47 AM, Dave CROCKER wrote:
>> I remember that the term 'host' was one of the bits of mind-share that
>> the Arpanet created.. But I don't recall hearing why that particular
>> term was chosen.
>> Do any of you remember why?
> I'd have to dig out some old USE documentation (or maybe some UNIVAC
> or Sperry docs if I can find them) but I think we used the term "host"
> before we had "networks" as the term is now used.
> In the IBM world, what was on the other end of a telephone line from
> an RJE station?
> It seems to me that one end of a word channel cable was the
> "controller", the other the "host".
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