Carl Malamud interviews Rob Blokzijl, network manager for
NIKHEF, the Dutch Insitute of High Energy Physics. NIKHEF has
been one of the key sites for networking in Europe and Bockzijl
has been the force behind that presence. During the darkest years
of OSI hysteria, NIKHEF helped the lead the move to install and
operate real networks around Europe. NIKHEF, geographically
and spiritually colocated with CWI, the mathematics institute,
has helped make Kruislaan 409 in Amsterdam one of the key hubs
in European networking.
In this interview, we learn about the birth of RIPE, the
IP users group for Europe. We also hear about what it was like
to try and put networks together in an era of massive centrally
planned information policies and functionally obese networking
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