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Interface Message Processor

Arpanet was a computer network developed in the 1960s that paved the way for today's internet. At its heart was the Interface Message Processor: a massive, heavily armoured box containing the technology that made it possible. Tim Harford takes a look inside.

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Mon 30 Sep 2019 03:50GMT

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Leonard Kleinrock poses with the original Interface Message Processor (Credit: Jay L Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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David Bunnell Making The Cisco Connection John Wiley New York

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