David D. Clark is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and a leader in the design of the Internet since the 1970s.
Encyclopedic in scope, covering most if not all of the policy
decisions one must make in designing an internet that addresses
core network needs: longevity, security, availability, economic
viability, management, and social needs.... Close to essential as a
reference work on the conceptual underpinnings of network design
and anecdotes on how things got to where they are today.... Highly
Fascinating.... Clark describes versions of internet architecture that never took off; versions that he wishes he had thought of earlier; and qualities of the current version that he thinks are most conducive to its flexibility, or most inimical to it.... -Public Books