Talk:Ian Sommerville (technician)

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some notes[edit]

hello, Sommerville wrote a software performing permutations of words, not random-sequences. I don't have the source at hand, but I'll post the details here soon.

Also, could the author please provide details of the (partially) cited source from "Miles"?

Thanks and regards, Elamita (talk) 17:59, 4 March 2009 (UTC)


Sommerville's date of birth is confirmed as 1940 with reference to the archives of his alma mater, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (MA/Old Members). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 131.111.220.6 (talk) 23:06, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

I can confirm Ian's birthdate as June 3, 1940 from personal knowledge. He was my son's godfather, and 30 years to the day older than him.

Also, although I can cite no sources, it may be of interest to readers to know that Sommerville, when working for International Data Highways in 1968/69 developed and demonstrated a full-duplex error-detecting communications protocol based on principles similar to those eventually adopted in TCP. He was interested in communications, and corresponded with some of the early researchers in packet switching technologies. He was a mathematician of some talent, and it was his mathematical skill that allowed him to understand the key to full-duplex streaming communications with continuous acknowledgment. Steve Holden (talk) 08:29, 23 February 2013 (UTC)