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The development of the ALOHA system packet broadcasting network at the University of Hawaii illustrates a number of general principles about the relationship between information theory and the design of real information systems. An anecdotal account is given of the development of the ALOHA system, emphasizing the interaction of the theory and the design of the experimental network. In addition, some preliminary results are described on the comparison of ALOHA channels and spread spectrum channels when used for packet communications.
Date of Publication: Mar 1985