Re: Melting the Internet?

Borre Ludvigsen (
Wed, 3 May 1995 19:34:08 +0000


This is NOT a "head in the sand" attitude on my part. I made an early
CUsm homepage (which really needs redoing, I know), we're working on
Norwegian CU pages, in fact we're establishing CUsm as a basic service on
Uninett (the Norwegian academic network) and various other projects to
establish responsible CUsm usage.

My only concern is that CUsm not be pulled down as the application that
sank the net. I'm therefore asking that the team who launched the program
in first place have a fair say in the way the use of the program develops
because they will inevitably be at the receiving end when things go wrong.

As for the bandwidth issue - the oceanic links are usually swamped during
prime time most days (12 - 18 gmt) - newsgroup or no. I'm told the
situation will improve over summer. Ideally, those of us who have been
most active in generatic CUsm traffic should contact the trunk operators
to investigate how to acheive reasonably smooth scaling in the growth of
this kind of traffic.

- Barre

On Tue, 2 May 1995, Michael Sattler wrote:

> Regarding Borre's recent message about keeping CU-SeeMe obscure by avoiding
> USENET newsgroups on the subject:
> In general, I don't believe that hiding information is the way to go. We
> should strive to educate and encourage responsible use of the medium,
> rather than hope people don't find out about CU-SeeMe. Given the media
> attention and the posts I see in a variety of newsgroups, the "head in the
> sand" model seems not to be working.
> I'm very sympathetic about the congestion of the lines between Europe and
> the USA; our Australian collegues have been saying the same thing for a
> while (and getting their usage metered).
> The bandwidth problem is being addressed at all levels. The following is
> taken from the Networld+Interop 94 (Tokyo 27-29 July 1994) keynote address
> "The Present and the Future of the Internet: Five Faces", by
> Anthony-Michael Rutkowski, Executive Director, Internet Society. (See
> ...A few weeks ago, in reviewing the "metrics" of the Internet at the
> Internet Society, we found that all measures of the network and its use
> continued to scale inexorably: ever more connected countries, gateways,
> networks, hosts, users, services and traffic. A network analyst recently
> noted that if one of those services - the World Wide Web - continues its
> traffic increase at present rates, it will exceed the world's digitized
> voice traffic in three years. We are now watching a global internetworking
> revolution scale in near real-time. Every thirty minutes, another network
> connects....
> It's not just us.
> Michael Sattler <> |
> |
> All that's required for evil to triumph |
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