History of SNMP with Craig Partridge

The Simple Network Management Protocol, or SNMP, was originally specified in RFC1067, and most recently in RFC1157. The original intent was to make “all IP and TCP implementations be network manageable”—an early form of providing a machine-readable interface so operators could “automate all the things.” Craig Partridge played a key role in the early development and standardization of SNMP; he joins us on the History of Networking to discuss the origins and challenges involved in developing SNMP.



  1. Ben Kinsella on 9 August 2019 at 5:24 am

    Excellent, thanks Russ.
    While listening, I found myself Googling some of the historical events that were mentioned.
    Might be useful for others to list them here:

    As Vint Cerf wrote in RFC 1052:
    “It should be noted that this resolution would not have been possible in such a timely way without the statesman-like efforts of Craig Partridge who, at the end of the day, recommended that the HEMS effort be withdrawn from consideration so as to pave the way for an Internet-wide agreement.”

    41 years late, but thank you Craig!

    • Russ on 9 August 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thanks for the links! I should probably try to link to the relevant RFCs for all of these.