[LINK] [ISOC-AU-mems] Happy Birthday ... AARNet
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Sat Mar 14 11:38:58 EST 2009
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> At 19:42 +1100 13/3/09, Narelle wrote:
> >I just realised that AARNet turns 20 this year. It seems like
> Unlike the birth of the Web, which is ambiguous, the statement
> 'AARNet turns 20 this year' is very difficult to argue about.
> But I've only ever nailed down a limited amount of detail:
> "in March 1989, Geoff Huston was transferred from the ANU's payroll
> to the AVCC's to work as the Technical Manager for what was called
> the Australian Academic & Research Network (AARNet).
> "He prepared a financial, technical and business plan, and approval
> to proceed was given in about May 1989.
> "In May/June 1989, a NASA / University of Hawaii program came to
> fruition with a 56Kbps satellite circuit funded by Australian
> organisations at the Australian end and by the University of Hawaiii
> and NASA at the U.S. end. [tech quote from Geoff].
> "The connection was effected on 23 June 1989 in Robert Elz's
> laboratory at the Uni. of Melbourne."
> [I followed developments through 1989, keeping my ANU dept (full of
> accounting and finance people with zero tech skills) off email until
> Geoff assured me in about October 1989 that reliability was "at least
> as good as Australia Post". Those were words my colleagues could
> understand ... ]
> Congrats to all concerned!!
> And please send me any corrections and new info, references, evidence.
I specifically remember a slip connection to Hawaii growing from 1200
bps to 2400 bps preceeding the 56Kb frame relay connection.
And I first remember the 2400 Baud connection circa 1985 and I think it
was driven by Phil Mcrea from Ansto and paid for by CSIRO.
I believe that Melb, Syd universities connected to Ansto to obtain their
But sorry no links.
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