Digital Responds to Hyper-Ethernet
TEWKSBURY, MA, April 1, 2010 -- Digital Equipment announced today its
new DECnet Phase XVIII Architecture.  In response to recent Xerox and
Wang improvements to Ethernet that provide people and facility
transportation across inter-node links, DEC's latest DECnet provides
these capabilities as well as providing for the creation of virtual
facilities and even countries.  These capabilities are provided by
breakthroughs in communications technology that actually use the Ether
as a communications medium.  Through the use of a new dedicated
NANO-PDP-11/E99 gateway processor system, ETHERGATE, DECnet users can
access anywhere in the Ethereal Plane.
This development obsoletes teleconferencing, since meeting groups can
create their own common conference rooms and cafeterias, thus resolving
space, travel and dining problems.  There may be a few bugs left, as
some of the dissenting DECnet Review Group members have not been seen
since the last meeting held in such a virtual conference facility.
This breakthrough was brought about by a team effort of the Distributed
Systems' Software and Hardware engineering teams in an effort to improve
on their Tewksbury, Massachusetts facility.  In a compromise decision,
Distributed Systems will maintain an ETHERGATE in TWOOO, but it will
connect directly to their new home somewhere in the Shire of their
newly defined Middle Earth reality.  Despite some difficulties, the
scenery, windows, tax breaks, pool and racquetball courts made the
relocation go quite smoothly.  Engineering Network topology will not
change, as all forwarding will be done by the TWOOO Ethereal Plane
Router residing in the crater at the former building site.
Utility packages such as Ethereal Person Transfer (EPT) and Ethereal
Facility Transfer (EFT) provide appropriate capabilities for casual
users.  Sophisticated users can create ($CREATE), access ($OPEN), and
delete ($NUKE) ethereal entities transparently from high level
languages using the Ethereal Management System (EMS) package and the
Ethereal Access Protocol (EAP).  An ETHERTRIEVE utility for easy
interactive use will be available shortly.
DECnet Phase XVIII follows on the success of the Phase XVI ability to
access everyone's Digital Professional wrist watch computer system.
This led to the current Phase XVII architecture, which has routing
capabilities that allow direct communications with the entire Earth
population's Atari home video games.
Distributed Systems architects are hard at work on the next phase of
DECnet that will include multi-plane existence network management
(using the NIECE protocol) and galaxy level routing using 64K bit
Digital will continue to support its Gateway products into the Prime
Material Plane.  These products include an IBM ANA (Acronym-based
Network Architecture) Gateway, the TOLKIEN product that allows control
of all ring based networks, and our Mega-broad-jump-band hardware which
leaps past Wang's products in the hype-weary business marketplace.