A Technical History of CYCLADES
Below is a list of digitally archived documents relating
to the Cyclades computer network. They are listed in chronological order,
and each paper's "worth" (how much valuable information it contains; how
clearly it was written) is denoted by stars: one star being the least
worthy... five stars being a "must read" paper.
"Architectures et varietes de reseaux"
This paper is written in French, and there is no extra information here to
justify the translation. It is a fairly long paper, and gives in depth
information into how networks work- most of this is information most people
(interested in Cyclades) already know, and some is obsolete.
"Presentation and Major Design Aspects of the Cyclades Computer Network"
Third Data Communications Symposium
St. Petersburg, Florida
This is a good introductory paper to the Cyclades network. It is the first
paper written in English describing the design aspects of the network. It is a
broad (not detail-oriented) overview of the entire network. It is a bit
abstract, and possibly a little hard to understand if unfamilliar with the
terminology that was used during the project.
"Interconnection of Packet Switching Networks"
Proceeding of the Seventh Hawaii International Conference of System Sciences Supplement
This paper is so short, you might as well read it! It's only about one
page and a half, and it is a proposal for interconnecting networks. It doesn't
directly relate to the Cyclades computer network, but it is a little insight as
to why Cigale was designed like it was.
"CIGALE, The Packet Switching Machine of the Cyclades Computer Network"
This paper is a very good detail-oriented look at Cigale, the bottom layer
(data transmission layer) of the Cyclades network.
"The Cyclades Network - Present State and Development Trends"
Proceedings of the 1975 Symposium, Computer Networks: Trends and Applications
This paper is a continuation of the November, 1973 paper, and it won't
make much sense unless you have read the '73 paper. It is basically a project
update, and will be more interesting if you are interested in the progress of
the project, and not just the end result.
"Packet Networks: Issues and Choices"
Proc. IFIP 1977 Congress
This paper is an introduction to the concept of packet-switching. It is
pretty long, and contains a lot of information you probably already know, but it
would be interesting to the "history of science" person since it illustrates why
there is a need for packet switching and the issues involved in developing a
packet switching network.
"The Cyclades Experience: Results and Impacts"
Proc. IFIP'77 Congress
This is a great paper for learning about Cyclades. Since it was written
after the network was completely built, there are a lot less abstractions, and
it is more clear. It is a summary of what the "final product" was.
"Cyclades or how to lose a market"
Recherche N°328 - 02/2000 - - 1819 words
Ever wonder what happened to the Cyclades network, and why the ARPANET evolved into the
Internet instead of it? In this article Louis Pouzin takes us on a quick tour of French
politics and explains how the French Telecom industry killed Cyclades.
The Cyclades Computer Network: Towards Layered Network Architectures
North Holland Publishing Company, New York, 1982
This book is Volume 2 of a monograph series of the international council
for computer communications. Louis Pouzin edited the book, but there are
several authors listed, among them: Edouard Andre, Jean Claude Chupin,
Michel Gien, Jean-Louis Grange, Jean Le Bihan, Gerard Le Lann, Najah Naffah,
Louis Pouzin, Vincent Quint, Guy Sergeant and Hubert Zimmermann. It is a
very detailed book that draws information from several Cyclades papers.
The bibliography is a valuable source for further reading.
"The force of the distributed intelligence"
Recherche N°328 - 02/2000 - - 5786 words
Long article, probably very good but most of my copy is not translated into English, I
just searched on Cyclades and found a good quote. I did not read the rest of the article.