Why not OSI?

Davey, W and Houghton, R 2016, 'Why not OSI?', in Arthur Tatnall and Christopher Leslie (ed.) Proceedings of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Conference on the History of Computing - International Communities of Invention and Innovation (IFIP 2016), Brooklyn, New York, United States, 25-29 May 2016, pp. 115-121.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Why not OSI?
Author(s) Davey, W
Houghton, R
Year 2016
Conference name IFIP 2016: Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Conference location Brooklyn, New York, United States
Conference dates 25-29 May 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Conference on the History of Computing - International Communities of Invention and Innovation (IFIP 2016)
Editor(s) Arthur Tatnall and Christopher Leslie
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, United States
Start page 115
End page 121
Total pages 7
Abstract This paper first argues that the current TCP/IP standard for Internet communications is technically inferior to the parallel OSI standard. The historical record is then analysed to identify both the actors that were involved with the adoption of the standard and the process of adoption that occurred. This is not an attempt to create a new history of TCP/IP, as several robust histories exist. The aim of the paper is to examine the adoption of TCP/IP over a superior technology as an example of an adoption story where the nature of the technology does not explain the adoption. In this way we place the adoption of TCP/IP as being similar to the stark example of VHS tape winning over the superior BETAMAX standard. The paper then asks the reader to consider the example of IPV6 as another possible adoption where technical considerations may not determine the future.
Subjects Information Systems Theory
Keyword(s) Internet
OSI model
TCP/IP
IPV6
Adoption
Actor-network theory
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-319-49463-0_8
Copyright notice © IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2016
ISBN 9783319494623
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