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The JANET Network Celebrates 25 Years

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The JANET Network Celebrates 25 Years

Postby vedrin » 03 Apr 2009, 15:54

http://www.ja.net/company/news-2009/25years.html

Note: Highlights by Vedrin

The JANET Network Celebrates 25 Years

Today (01/04/09) the JANET network celebrates 25 years of delivering world class, innovative networking solutions to UK research and education. Beginning operation on 1st April 1984, a little over 10 years after the idea of a national research network was first mooted, JANET has, over the last 25 years, acted as a key enabler for the research and education sectors. Starting with bandwidths of 64 Kbit/s we are now looking into 100Gbit/s provisioning (an increase in bandwidth of over 1.5 million times). Who knows where we will be in another 25 years?

Dr Malcolm Read, JISC Executive Secretary commented:

JANET has been an essential enabler for research for the past 25 years. The ready access to a world leading network providing very high bandwidth and a reliable service makes a significant contribution to maintaining the UK's leading position in research outputs and productivity. Over the past ten years or so JANET has also become a vital infrastructure for mission critical functions and the support of learning and teaching across higher and further education. Although the origins of JANET were firmly in the research community it has now grown to offer an economical shared service to almost all of the education sector.

Dr Bill Harvey, Deputy Director, Learning and Teaching, Scottish FE and HE Funding Council remembers the early days of academic networking:

I vividly remember as a young academic when our library bought its first modem around 1985. You pressed the telephone handset into the rubber suction cups and sent data at some dizzy rate like 2000 bits per second down the phone line to a bibliographic database in California. You could hear it chirping away as it burned through the library's budget on international phone charges. And the printed output arrived by air mail just a few days later. Amazing. Soon after I joined the Scottish Funding Council in 1995 we introduced email. As part of the training, we sent an email message to a colleague at a university, and she telephoned us to say she had received it. We were so excited. Within weeks, our post no longer consisted of jiffy bags containing floppy discs. Instead, we received email attachments containing text documents in Word 2.0 or Wordperfect 5.1. But we still had to save them to a floppy disc and take them upstairs for the IT department to scan for viruses before we were allowed to print them. And you had to worry about whether a colleague's email system was MIME-compliant or not. Last week, I downloaded a 600 page document from the House of Commons in five seconds; I watched a live podcast of our Minister speaking to a Scottish Parliamentary committee; and Terabytes of data were circulated effortlessly between Scottish colleges and universities. All that traffic is carried on JANET, up and down the country, day and night, without fail. The really impressive thing about JANET is that it just works. Invisible to most users, taken for granted, just part of the daily environment of researchers, teachers and students in every college and university. In terms of its value, it's up there with oxygen. I've been privileged to gain an insight into the technical expertise and sheer professionalism of the people who keep JANET running, and who ensure that it continues to deliver world-beating performance in speed, reliability and range of services. We should all thank them for making our professional lives a lot easier.
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Re: The JANET Network Celebrates 25 Years

Postby iliev » 20 May 2009, 02:09

А знаете ли, че май тази година нашата академична мрежа трябва да чества 20-годишнина... :unknown:
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Re: The JANET Network Celebrates 25 Years

Postby aap » 24 May 2009, 00:57

Ами, освен да си честитим рожденния ден на едно зомби. За съжаление това е първата асоциация, която ми идва на ум. За 20 години на национално ниво, сме постигнали доста малко за съжаление. Но пък има 2 камари хора, на които може да се благодари за това ;)
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