the Internet Backbone
pferguso at cisco.com
Sat Apr 6 00:39:50 UTC 1996
At 03:34 PM 4/5/96 +0800, Vadim Antonov wrote:
>Paul A Vixie <paul at vix.com> wrote:
>>Last time this term came up, I opined that there was no "backbone" any more
>>and that 1996's Internet had a "hairball topology." Vadim, among others,
>>disagreed with me but we didn't pursue the topic. Perhaps we should have.
>Well, "backbone" is too vague. I rather prefer to think of Internet
>topology as of "tiers". The nodes in upper-levels cast "cones of
>influence" in lower tiers. Nodes from lower tiers belonging to
>different cones of influence do not generally speak to each other,
>and so have to purchase transit from higher tiers.
Well, I kind of liked the term 'blobs' [credit to Jerry Scharf]. :-)
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