37Just to give some perspective, the original TDC2000 system used whole-board processors rather than microprocessor chips, and magnetic core memory rather than static or dynamic RAM circuits! Communication between controller nodes and operator stations occurred over thick coaxial cables, implementing master/slave arbitration with a separate device (a “Hiway Traffic Director” or HTD) coordinating all communications between nodes. Like Bob Metcalfe’s original version of Ethernet, these coaxial cables were terminated at their end-points by termination resistors, with coaxial “tee” connectors providing branch points for multiple nodes to connect along the network.