The 40th LCN Anniversary Celebration, October 26-29, 2015, Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA


History of LCN

The first LCN conference was held on September 16-17, 1976, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At that time it was sponsored by the University of Minnesota (UMN), University Computer Center with the cooperation of Network Systems, Inc. The two primary organizing committee members included Dr. Peter C. Patton and Dr. Abe Franck, UMN Computer Center. At this first running the conference was entitled the "Conference on Experiments in New Approaches to Local Computer Networking." The second meeting was October 13-14, 1977, when the name changed to the 'Conference on "A Second Look at Local Computer Networking."' The third meeting was October 23-24, 1978, when the conference name changed again to the "Third Conference on Local Computer Networks." Since then, the conference was simply called LCN. From the Fourth LCN (1979) on, the conference was sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Communications.

The first 22 LCN conferences [LCN-1 (1976) through LCN-22 (1997)] were held in Minneapolis. In 1998, LCN-23 moved to Lowell, Massachusetts, in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where it remained for two years. In 2000, LCN-25 moved to Tampa, Florida, on the campus of the University of South Florida, where it remained for three years. In 2003, LCN-28 moved outside the U.S. for the first time and was held in Königswinter, Germany, in cooperation with the University of Bonn. For the last twelve years, LCN has become a truly international conference alternating annually between a North American and international venue, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and the United States.

For the past 40 years, major developments have been reported and discussed at the LCN conference: from the local area networks area, especially Carrier Sense Multiple Access (CSMA) and the Ethernet technology, optical networks, high-speed networks, such as Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI), Distributed Queue Dual Bus (DQDB), and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), to the global Internet, with routing, performance, congestion control, reliability and network management aspects and its related protocols, including more specialized aspects such as security, peer-to-peer, Quality-of-Service (QoS), wireless ad-hoc networks, and sensor networks. These technologies were reported and discussed in conference papers, tutorials, panel sessions, keynote addresses, and workshops.