Possibly, the MIT theme of the dream was triggered by several old IENs and RFCs I've been reading, which were written during the late 1970s and early 1980s. In one of them, IEN 175, a woman named Ginny Strazisar reported that reducing buffer sizes in one of the gateways improved performance. Could that have been one of the first occurrences of bufferbloat using TCP/IP?
I have a phone interview (coding test) scheduled with Cisco next Tuesday for a software engineering position. As always, we'll see how it goes.