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How I helped to build the internet

Radia Perlman is an American computer programmer often described as the 'Mother of the Internet' for her invention of the spanning-tree protocol, an algorithm which allowed early networks to cope with large amounts of data. She describes it as a 'simple hack' but it is still in use today.

Image: Radia Perlman
Credit: Andrew Tanenbaum

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