IPv4 address length technical design

Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu
Wed Oct 3 19:59:12 UTC 2012


On Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:44:16 -0400, "Tony Patti" said:
>
> Perhaps worth noting (for the archives) that a significant part of the early
> ARPAnet was DECsystem-10's with 36-bit words.

And the -10s and -20s were the major reason RFCs refer to octets rather than bytes,
as they had a rather slippery notion of "byte" (anywhere from 6 to 9 bits, often multiple
sizes used *in the same program*).
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