Welcome to TC Jacobson & Associates
The following is partly a prospectus, and partly a history. Over the past 40+ years I have been involved in scientific computing, Internet, and communications satellite development. I present here an overview of what I have done, and who I am.
In brief, I help develop, organize, and deploy advanced terrestrial and satellite Internet infrastructure.
- Founded and co-founded successful enterprises and services, including Minnesota Supercomputer Center Inc., Minnesota Regional Network, University of Minnesota Networking Services Department, and UUNet France (I-Way).
- Involved with or led many significant Internet and satellite developments ranging from the Gopher browser, the Loral/Orion global DVB satellite system, and Tier 1 telco OTT video streaming services.
- Years of participation in the standards and engineering process such as IEEE, IETF, NSF, and commercial forums such as NAB, IBC, Interop, and CES.
- Hands-on technical and strategic leadership; often recognized for project and people management skills, as well as technical vision.
- In-depth knowledge and resources for terrestrial and satellite based Internet services, advanced video compression, application layer forward error correction, adaptive bitrate OTT streaming, video content security, app based CPE hardware and software architecture, and related protocol standards.
Built the first TCP/IP network in Minnesota, 1981
- Introduced the first Sun Workstations in Minnesota, 1982
- Co-founded the Minnesota Supercomputer Center and Directed its Networking Group, 1984-89
- Deployed the first fiber optic backbone at the UofM (MSINet), 1985
- Founded the NSF regional network MRNet in 1987, elected Chairman to oversee transition to a corporation, 1990
- Promoted light weight client-server architectures which resulted in the first Internet browser, Gopher, 1989-91
- Co-founded and designed a major Internet Service Provider (Internet Way, later UUNET France), 1994-97
- Designed satellite based multicast service adopted by Orion (WorldCast), 1996
- Principal architect and author of Loral Orion’s first global DVB IP satellite system (ODBS), 1997-2000
- Developed DVB performance and multicast enhancements at SkyStream, 1999-2002