Digital DECnet Network system
10 page coloured sales leaflet describing and illustrating the DEC NET system
DECnet is a suite of network protocols created by Digital Equipment Corporation, originally released in 1975 in order to connect two PDP-11 minicomputers. It evolved into one of the first peer-to-peer network architectures, thus transforming DEC into a networking powerhouse in the 1980s.
Initially built with four layers, it later (1982) evolved into a seven layer OSI compliant networking protocol.
DECnet was built right into the DEC flagship operating system VAX/VMS since its inception. Digital ported it to its own Ultrix variant of UNIX, as well as Apple Macintosh computers and PCs running both DOS and Windows under the name DEC Pathworks, transforming these systems into DECnet end-nodes in a network of VAX machines. More recently, an open-source version has been developed for the Linux OSDate : 1975
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