On Distributed Communications

I. Introduction to Distributed Communications Networks

by Paul Baran

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Abstract

One in a series of eleven Memoranda detailing the Distributed Adaptive Message Block Network, a proposed digital data communications system based on a distributed network concept. It introduces the system concept and outlines the requirements for and design considerations of such a system, especially in regard to implications for its use in the 1970s. In particular, the Memorandum is directed toward examining the use of redundancy as one means of building communications systems to withstand heavy enemy attacks.

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  • Summary HTML

  • Foreword HTML

  • Acknowledgments HTML

  • Section One

    Introduction HTML

  • Section Two

    Examination of a Distributed Network HTML

  • Section Three

    Diversity of Assignment HTML

  • Section Four

    On a Future System Development HTML

  • Section Five

    Where We Stand Today HTML

  • List of Publications in the Series HTML

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