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Cisco gets Computer History Museum haven

Computer History Museum offers sanctuary to all things Cisco

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., this week said it had created a Cisco Archive that promises to document and preserve the networking giant’s impact on the industry and Internet.

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In a blog post, Paula Jabloner the first Director of the newly established Cisco Archive wrote about one of the more significant events the Archive will preserve: “It was 1989. Kirk Lougheed of Cisco and Yakov Rekhter of IBM were having lunch in a meeting hall cafeteria at an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) conference. They wrote a new routing protocol that became RFC (Request for Comment) 1105, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), known to many as the “Two Napkin Protocol” — in reference to the napkins they used to capture their thoughts.”

“BGP is still integral to an Internet that has grown from 80 thousand hosts in 1989 to over one billion hosts today. BGP and the World Wide Web share a 25th birthday thanks to Tim Berners-Lee writing the original Web proposal in 1989.”

The museum naturally encourages “Cisco buffs and hoarders of historical materials to contact the archive team. We depend on your contributions to preserve Cisco's tangible legacy. “

Here’s a little more history if you are interested:

Critical milestones in Cisco history

The illustrious history of Cisco’s Catalyst LAN switches

25 tech touchstones of the past 25 years

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