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Thoughts on the National Research and Education Network (RFC1167)

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Original Publication Date: 1990-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 7 page(s) / 19K

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V.G. Cerf: AUTHOR

Abstract

This contribution seeks to outline and call attention to some of the major factors which will influence the form and structure of a National Research and Education Network (NREN). It is implicitly assumed that the system will emerge from the existing Internet.

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Network Working Group V. Cerf

Request for Comments: 1167 CNRI

July 1990

THOUGHTS ON THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORK

Status of this Memo

The memo provides a brief outline of a National Research and

Education Network (NREN). This memo provides information for the

Internet community. It does not specify any standard. It is not a

statement of IAB policy or recommendations.

Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

ABSTRACT

This contribution seeks to outline and call attention to some of the

major factors which will influence the form and structure of a

National Research and Education Network (NREN). It is implicitly

assumed that the system will emerge from the existing Internet.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The author gratefully acknowledges support from the National Science

Foundation, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the

Department of Energy and the National Aeronautics and Space

Administration through cooperative agreement NCR-8820945. The author

also acknowledges helpful comments from colleagues Ira Richer, Barry

Leiner, Hans-Werner Braun and Robert Kahn. The opinions expressed in

this paper are the personal opinions of the author and do not

represent positions of the U.S. Government, the Corporation for

National Research Initiatives or of the Internet Activities Board.

In fact, the author isn't sure he agrees with everything in the

paper, either!

A WORD ON TERMINOLOGY

The expression "national research and education network" is taken to

mean "the U.S. National Research and Education Network" in the

material which follows. It is implicitly assumed that similar

initiatives may arise in other countries and that a kind of Global

Research and Education Network may arise out of the existing

international Internet system. However, the primary focus of this

paper is on developments in the U.S.

FUNDAMENTALS

1. The NREN in the U.S. will evolve from the existing Internet base.

By implication, the U.S. NREN will have to fit into an international

environment consisting of a good many networks sponsored or owned and

operated by non-U.S. organizations around the world.

2. There will continue to be special-purpose and mission-oriented

networks sponsored by the U.S. Government which will need to link

with, if not directly support, the NREN.

3. The basic technical networking architecture of the system will

include local area networks, metropolitan, regional and wide-area

networks...