[ih] Ethernet, was Why TCP?
johnl at iecc.com
Wed Aug 31 19:09:27 PDT 2016
>So if one wanted a cheaper mechanism, tossing out the extreme discipline
>made sense to me. We always hear about computing/storage tradeoffs.
>This was a cost/channel-efficiency tradeoff.
It is my recollection that at the time a lot of people thought that
Ethernet sounded too good to be true. If it were heavily loaded, all
those collisions would surely cause a storm of interference and
performance collapse, unlike a token ring that shared the capacity in
a predictable way.
As we all know, Ethernets worked just fine. A lot of people didn't
believe it until they saw it, and sometimes not even then.
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