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Camera-ready copy of the book was produced by the author, a Troff die-hard, using the file:///D|/Documents%20and%20Settings/bigini/Docum...i/homenet2run/tcpip/tcp-ip-illustrated/preface.htm (5 of 6) [12/09/2001 14.46.28] Preface Groff package written by James Clark. I welcome electronic mail from any readers with
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http://www.noao.edu/~rstevens file:///D|/Documents%20and%20Settings/bigini/Docum...i/homenet2run/tcpip/tcp-ip-illustrated/preface.htm (6 of 6) [12/09/2001 14.46.28] Chapter 1. Introduction Introduction
The TCP/IP protocol suite allows computers of all sizes, from many different computer vendors,
running totally different operating systems, to communicate with each other. It is quite amazing
because its use has far exceeded its original estimates. What started in the late 1960s as a
government-financed research project into packet switching networks has, in the 1990s, turned
into the most widely used form of networking between computerrs. It is truly an open system in
that the definition of the protocol suite and many of its implementations are publicly available at
little or no charge. It forms the basis for what is called the worldwide Internet, or the Internet, a
wide area network (WAN) of more than one million computers that literally spans the globe.
This chapter provides an overview of the TCP/IP protocol suite, to establish an adequate
background for the remaining chapters. For a historical perspective on the early development of
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