[e2e] Cerf & Kahn's Turing Lecture: Open to all, 8/22/2005

Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan chris at cs.utexas.edu
Tue Aug 2 14:33:59 PDT 2005

The Turing Lecture by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn is OPEN TO ALL!

SIGCOMM 2005 is the host for this year's ACM Turing Lecture, and has  
the Lecture beyond the conference attendees to ALL who are interested.
In addition, SIGCOMM will stream it live over the Internet that Cerf &  
helped create.

* You are invited to attend the ACM Turing Lecture in Philadelphia, PA,  
   August 22nd: 6:00-7:30 EDT (and join the reception which begins at  
   at the Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania (free-of-charge)

   (with thanks to Penn's School of Engineering & Applied Science)

* Bring your colleagues, guests, students, advisors... and help Vint &  
   celebrate the first time that networking researchers have received  
   prestigious award, in the 39 years of the ACM Turing Award.

* The Lecture will be a moderated discussion between Vint and Bob, with
   the title:
   Assessing the Internet:
        Lessons Learned, Strategies for Evolution, and Future  

   Afterwards, there will be a Q&A session with the audience.

* To reserve one of 600 seats set aside for the public, please
   sign up via the Turing Lecture web page:

   That same web page has details, directions, ticket reservations, and  
   on how-to access the live webcast and the eventual archived webcast.

   Reservations will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have not heard about this year's Turing Award or have not heard
about Cerf and Kahn, here's a little background.

The A.M. Turing Award is often recognized as the "Nobel Prize of
Computing".  The citation for Cerf and Kahn reads:
     "For pioneering work on internetworking, including the design and
     implementation of the Internet's basic communications protocols,
     TCP/IP, and for inspired leadership in networking."

Their first paper on "internetworking" was published in IEEE  
Transactions on
Communications, May 1974:  A Protocol for Packet Network  

If you haven't read their first paper, add it to your summer reading  

Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf started in 1973 to solve the problem of how to
interconnect a network of networks, i.e. an "internetwork", or  
For Bob, new at DARPA, his interest was in building and connecting a  
radio network to the existing ARPA network along with a packet satellite
network.  Bob invited Vint to work with him, and they jointly designed  
which included an internetwork header and a process header (but the two
headers didn't start to split into IP and TCP until 5 years later).  In  
Vint was already the chair of the International Network Working Group,  
he was interested as well in interconnecting the ARPA network to the  
network Cyclades & the British network at National Physics Laboratory.   
following link has a small bio on each:

At a reception at the Computer History Museum June 9th, Vint and Bob  
the collaborative nature of their work, acknowledging the contributions
from many in the room who had made their achievements possible."  For  
information on a few of their collaborators, see:

PS: if you cannot attend the lecture, then please do watch the live
webcast or the archived lecture.  Check out the Turing Lecture website  
all details:  http://www.acm.org/sigcomm/sigcomm2005/turinglecture.html

Chris Edmondson-Yurkanan
(chris at cs.utexas.edu)
Contact info:  www.cs.utexas.edu/~chris/

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