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The Internet as Pipes Analogy

Just some rough notes for now, transferred from another page:

Far Aside: Oh, and maybe I should put up a page defending that senator (from Alaska, was it Ted Stevens)--that pipe analogy for the Internet is really quite good--pipes between individual computers (or routers, switches, etc.) and then "valves" at those locations which may redirect the "stream" into pipes heading to other computers, routers, switches, until they finally arrive at the destination computer.

Oh, and describing it as an "oil pipeline" (mcow) makes the analogy even better when you consider the typical behavior of sending different types of oil (or similar liquids) through the same pipeline, sometimes separated by some sort of buffer solution (iiuc), and ending in different destinations (tanks) depending on the product and an intended destination. I wish I had stood up for Senator Stevens at the time.

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