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Photos: Ethernet's 40th Anniversary

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Ethernet Innovation Summit -- What better place to mark the 40th anniversary of Ethernet, meaning the day 40 years after Bob Metcalfe wrote his Xerox PARC memo detailing the technology, than the Computer History Museum?

OK, the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) itself might have been appropriate, too. But it might not have fit 200 attendees and international press so comforably for two days, and it's harder to find from the freeway.

The gathering kicked off Wednesday with Metcalfe explaining what was in that memo and why -- that is, the specific goals that defined what went into Ethernet. (That's Metcalfe, above, identifying his 1973 self.) That was followed by a couple of hours of panels reminiscing about Ethernet's past before the conference shifted into its main topics of innovation and Ethernet's future.

Click ahead for more pictures of the event.

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— Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, Light Reading

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