1.3. The Network Working Group

UCLA was not chosen randomly as the site for the first IMP installation in 1969. Len Kleinrock was there. Kleinrock had done key work on analytical models for data flows, and had influenced his friend Larry Roberts’s ideas about store-and-forward switching networks during their time together at MIT. At UCLA, Kleinrock established the Network Measurement Center (NMC), and in October 1968 Roberts awarded the NMC the contract for performance analysis of the ARPANET. Kleinrock put together a team of some 40 graduate students to help him.

Approximately a year before the first IMP was installed, graduate students from the first four planned sites began meeting; Steve Crocker represented the NMC. Their agenda was open, ...

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