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16:00 - 17:30 15 January 2013

"Folklore of Network Protocols" - Invited lecture by Radia Perlman


106 Lecture Theatre | Roberts Building (link Map)
Torrington Place | London | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

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Radia Perlman, Intel Fellow, Intel Labs

It’s very hard to understand the field of network protocols by focusing on the details of one particular protocol. Issues are clouded by marketing hype and protocol group rivalry. What is really intrinsic to the differences between one protocol and another? This talk covers some of the ways in which solutions can differ, as well as demystifying some especially confusing pieces of this field, such as what is really the difference between “layer 2 solutions” and “layer 3 solutions”, why we need both Ethernet and IP, the evolution of Ethernet from its original invention (CSMA/CD) through spanning tree and now TRILL, and some things that people assume to be true that may not be. The talk includes some possible research areas.


Kate Oliver
020 3108 4085 | k.oliver@ucl.ac.uk


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