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October 14, 2007

R.I.P

srikanth @ 10:16 am, GMT +0000 ( 1192356968 ) Play

Many years ago, in universities far far away, strange devices with many blinkenlights (no clues there) were constantly being hacked to do peculiar things. Among those, one of the more interesting hacks was what we now call the Internet.

This giant organism used to run on some very clunky hardware. In fact, one of the central functions of the internet was once performed by a DEC LSI-11 (an evolution of the venerable PDP-11). This job was performed by a package of the LSI-11 and some specialized software that used to run on it, written by one of the grandest of the grand-old-hackers (some of his stuff helps us keep all our clocks together).

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The image you see above is an image of this package. The question: what was it called? Bonus: Who’s the grand old man?

Cracked by: Varun.M , Gammafunction , Dhruva , Tathagata Chatterjee , Abhishek , bs , yaksha and nihit.

Answer:This is a picture of The fuzzball.  Fuzzballs were the internets original routers. A fuzzball, attached to a university mainframe, formed the routing backbone of the NSFNet, which later went online with TCP/IP. The fuzzball package consisted of the LSI-11 and the fuzzball software. This was written by David Mills, also the guy who coded NTP :-)  (title had a clue, fuzzballs ran an early variant of RIP, the routing information protocol)


14 Responses to “R.I.P”

  1. udupendra
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    TCP, Bob Kahn?


  2. Varun.M

    the package in the image is called "The Fuzzball".
    The grand old man is David.L.Mills


  3. Varun.M

    correction:the image shows The Fuzzball Router(was actually a LSI-11) and the OS running on it was called The Fuzzball.


  4. Gammafunction
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    This package is called the Fuzzball router.The grand old man in question is David.L.Mills


  5. Gammafunction
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    The package is called The Fuzzball router.The grand old man in question is David.L.Mills.


  6. iamniks

     firewall system… hacker is  Steve M bellovin..


  7. Dhruva

    1) Fuzzball Router.
    2) David Mills.


  8. fsdgdsg

    Arpanet


  9. Tathagata Chatterjee
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    "Fuzzball routers"-first modern routers on the internet. Loaded with home-brewed router software written by the grand old man called David Mills, used in the early 80's for IP test bedding and experimentation.
    regards,
    Tathagata Chatterjee


  10. Abhishek
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    Fuzzball Router
    David L. Mills (born June 3, 1938) was the first chairman of the Internet Engineering Task Force. He invented the Network Time Protocol, the fuzzball router, the Exterior Gateway Protocol, and had the first FTP implementation. He has also authored numerous requests for comment. In 1999 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.


  11. alephnull

    The IMP at SRI ? Other clues suggest that he 'grand old man' is Jon Postel.


  12. bs

    I don't think I quite understood what you were trying to ask, but I guess you are referring to Dave Mills and one of his Fuzzball hosts.


  13. yaksha
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    1>Fuzzball router
    dude->David L. Mills was the first chairman of the Internet Architecture Task Force. He invented the Network Time Protocol, the fuzzball router, the Exterior Gateway Protocol, and had the first FTP implementation


  14. nihit
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    The Fuzzball and D L Mills…


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