|Known for||PC/IP, Netwatch|
John Romkey and Donald W. Gillies developed the first in the industry TCP/IP stack for IBM PC in 1983, founding FTP Software, a commercial TCP/IP stack provider in 1986. Romkey authored the first network analyzer Netwatch, predating Network General Sniffer, served on IAB, and with Simon Hackett connected the first appliance (a toaster) to the internet. Romkey is currently an owner of Blue Forest Research, a consulting company.
While at MIT John Romkey authored the first TCP/IP stack for MS-DOS. He was the founder of FTP Software company which provided commercial package for MS-DOS and MS Windows. With the advent of Microsoft TCP/IP stacks starting with Windows 95, FTP Software as well as all other commercial TCP/IP stacks providers were driven out of business.
- mit.edu: The desktop computer as the network participant 1985 (IEEE Journal on selected areas of communications Vol. SAC-3. no. 3, May 1985)
- ietf.org: Report of the IAB Workshop on Internet Information Infrastructure, October 12-14, 1994
- ietf.org: A nonstandard for transmission of IP datagrams over serial lines: SLIP (1988)