The 2006 lecture was delivered by Professor Nick McKeown, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stanford University.
'Internet Routers: Past Present and Future'
The original Internet architecture consisted of computers connected by links and routers.
The so-called "end-to-end principle" calls for the routers to be simple and fast, allowing innovation to take place at the edge.
In this lecture, Professor McKeown will describe the history of Internet routers: technically and commercially. They have come a long way since the early days when Cisco was established to build and sell routers.
He will describe the technology that goes into routers, and try to figure out where things went wrong: Why did routers become so tremendously complex?
Professor McKeown thinks it will change. In the next decade, he believes the core of the Internet will become much simpler, with optical technology dominating the switching and routing.