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Re: different thinking on exchanging traffic
Tim Actually - the idea of the NAPs (as defined in 1992) was an evolutionary idea from the FIXs. MAE-East was the 1st prototype NAP. But even during the discussion of NAPS in 1991 (NEXs then, From P Ford and HWB) and 1992 - I remember discussions at the same time for layer 2 peering points by Tony Hain, Geoff Huston and others with regards to the east and west fixes. Yes, this idea has been around for a very long time. bob At 10:41 PM 5/26/98 -0500, you wrote: >> Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 22:02:47 -0500 (CDT) >> From: Tim Salo <[email protected]> >> To: [email protected] >> Subject: Re: different thinking on exchanging traffic >> [...] >> I believe that all four of the winning NSFNET NAP submissions proposed >> nationwide "NAPs". I believe that the reason they didn't happen is that >> the NSF asked for and assumed it would get four geographically-focused >> solutions. I suspect that the notion of awarding four NAPs, all of which >> covered all of the country, provided the NSF a certain amount of heartburn. >> I believe that the nationwide NAP concept died, (or was killed), at the >> time for administrative, not technical, reasons. But, this is all >> speculation on my part... >> [...] > >A presumably well informed observer sent me private e-mail that questioned >my account. > >I read only one of the winning NAP proposals, the one I worked on. My >speculation that all of the winning proposals talked about nationwide >NAPs was based on conversations after the fact, including with authors >of competing proposals. So, I believe that all of those who submitted >winning NAP proposals were thinking about nationwide NAPs, but some may >not have, based on the e-mail I received, included those thoughts in >their proposals. > >At any rate, my thesis is that the concept of a nationwide layer-two >solution has been around for several years, at least since the time that >the NAP proposals were written. I might add, however, that we are >collectively still learning about how best to make use of these very >large layer-two services. > >-tjs > > Robert J. Aiken (Bob), Network Research Mgr, US DOE / ER-31 [email protected], 301-903-9960, 301-903-7774 (fax) Nec Temere, Nec Timide - "Neither Rashly or timidly"