At Algoma University the mature students in the fast track accelerated second degree program are not quick to accept theory without proof. As a result, Professor George Townsend offered extra credit to anyone in his forth year Computer Networks course who could take up the challenge of implementing internet based protocols over a new form of medium - Bongo Drums.
Eight weeks later, the first public demonstration was given to the class by using a simple ping packet.
With a blinding 2bps speed, the class sat patiently as the packet was received in roughly 140 seconds.
Whats the point you may ask? We aren’t trying to set any speed records here (actually, we have
been developing some ideas for “highspeed” bongos), but rather we’re showing that the lower layers of the OSI model can be replaced with any form of media without affecting the layers above it.