Earlier this month, Bruce and Larry sat down over Zoom to discuss their shared history researching and developing networking, how "Computer Networks: A Systems Approach" came to be written, and their thoughts on the future of Networking. The interview is on YouTube and the transcript follows.
Bruce Davie: so I'm here today with Larry Peterson. I'm drinking coffee as is my normal habit. I'm guessing it's bit late in the day for you for coffee.
Larry Peterson: Well it isn't too late for a brew of some kind.
Bruce Davie: All right, well, if you want to go and pop up and get a beer, feel free. So, for those of you who don't know, this is Larry Peterson, my co-author on "Computer Networks: A Systems Approach" and Larry and I have known each other since I think early 1990s, when we collaborated on a networking project.
I guess before I go into giving more background about you. I want to know that your cat since the cat theme been showing up a lot
Larry Peterson: He's going to be interrupting here at some point. This is Toby. If you can see him. Yeah, so we live in the desert, which is full of coyotes. Toby's used up a couple of his lives right outside in our backyard. There's a wall on the other side of that is open desert. And when he was a few months old a pack of coyotes came in the yard in and got him and took him over the wall. My wife went out and started yelling at the coyotes. We think he has some coyote DNA now.
Bruce Davie: So I have a lot of literally warm memories of visiting you in Arizona. Also remember working with you on a joint research paper sometime in the early 90s and I was locked in my house during an ice storm in New Jersey, and it was literally unsafe to go outside, because there was so much ice on the roads. You were probably soaking up the sun in Arizona. But it was one of those early experiences, similar to what we're going through now where we actually could leverage networking to collaborate from a pretty remote distance.
So I think you've actually been in networking longer than I have. And your ageing very well, by the way. Can you maybe tell me a little bit about your early experiences with networking?
Larry Peterson: Yeah, let's see. Well, I was a grad student at Purdue. I remember the transition from the ARPANET to the Internet and my advisor actually handed me a nine track track tape for our VAX. That had this thing called TCP/IP on it so, yeah, that was my first exposure to it.