Evolution of the router

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Fuzzball



Some of the first modern routers on the Internet in the early 1980s were called "Fuzzballs." They were Digital Equipment Corp. LSI-11 computers loaded with software written by David Mills, inventor of the Network Time Protocol and the Exterior Gateway Protocol. Fuzzball refers to the router's software, which includes a fast, compact operating system, support for the DARPA/NSF Internet architecture, and a range of applications for network protocol development, testing, and evaluation. A few Fuzzballs are still in operation on the Internet today.

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