APPENDIX F Key Terms


ANS,

Advanced Networks and Services Inc.

ANSI,

American National Standards Institute.

ARPA,

Advanced Research Projects Agency Part of the Department of Defense. Formed as ARPA, changed to DARPA, renamed as ARPA in 1993. It is undertaking an increasing volume and range of infrastructure-related projects.

ATM,

Asynchronous transfer mode.

AUP,

Acceptable use policy Statement defining what kinds of traffic are acceptable over a given network (e.g., NSFNET is intended for traffic relating to research and education functions).


Backbone,

Large-capacity circuits at the heart of a network, carrying aggregated traffic over relatively long distances.

Bandwidth,

A measure of information-carrying capability; the difference between the lowest and highest signal frequency, expressed in hertz (cycles per second).

B-ISDN,

Broadband integrated services digital network.

Broadband network,

A flexible, all-purpose, two-way medium that will offer the high bandwidth necessary for both conventional video and high-definition television, and for still-frame displays for information retrieval, catalog shopping, and so on.


CCITT,

Consultative Committee on International Telephony and Telegraphy.

CIC,

Committee on Information and Communication. Part of the National Science and Technology Council.

CICnet,

Committee on Institutional Cooperation network.



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Realizing the Information Future: The Internet and Beyond APPENDIX F Key Terms ANS, Advanced Networks and Services Inc. ANSI, American National Standards Institute. ARPA, Advanced Research Projects Agency Part of the Department of Defense. Formed as ARPA, changed to DARPA, renamed as ARPA in 1993. It is undertaking an increasing volume and range of infrastructure-related projects. ATM, Asynchronous transfer mode. AUP, Acceptable use policy Statement defining what kinds of traffic are acceptable over a given network (e.g., NSFNET is intended for traffic relating to research and education functions). Backbone, Large-capacity circuits at the heart of a network, carrying aggregated traffic over relatively long distances. Bandwidth, A measure of information-carrying capability; the difference between the lowest and highest signal frequency, expressed in hertz (cycles per second). B-ISDN, Broadband integrated services digital network. Broadband network, A flexible, all-purpose, two-way medium that will offer the high bandwidth necessary for both conventional video and high-definition television, and for still-frame displays for information retrieval, catalog shopping, and so on. CCITT, Consultative Committee on International Telephony and Telegraphy. CIC, Committee on Information and Communication. Part of the National Science and Technology Council. CICnet, Committee on Institutional Cooperation network.

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Realizing the Information Future: The Internet and Beyond CISE Directorate, Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate One of the major units of NSF, and the one out of which NSF networking activities are run. CIX, Commercial Internet Exchange A trade association of businesses engaged in providing network services that interconnect with the Internet and/or provide similar services (Alternet, PSI, Sprint, other). Cooperative agreement, Form of arrangement between NSF and the providers of NSFNET services. Not a standard government procurement; more flexible than a conventional contract for services. ESnet, Wide area network operated by the Department of Energy in support of its research activities. ETC, Entertainment, telephone, and cable television industry complex. FDDI, Fiber Distributed Data Interface. FIX, Federal Internet Exchange A point of interconnection and data exchange among federal agency backbone networks. There are two FIXes, one on each coast. FTP, file transfer protocol Supports file exchange over the Internet. Full-duplex service, Simultaneous two-way communication, as over the telephone. Gigabit Testbed program, A government-industry-academic program for developing and demonstrating high-speed network technologies. HPCA, High-Performance Computing Act 1991 legislation introduced by then-senator Albert Gore to expand and extend on the HPCC (and within it the NREN) vision developed within the Executive Branch. HPCC, High Performance Computing and Communications initiative. HPCCIT, High Performance Computing and Communications Information Technology Subcommittee, under the Office of Science and Technology Policy. IETF, Internet Engineering Task Force. IITA, Information Infrastructure Technology and Applications The new fifth component of the High Performance Computing and Communications initiative. IITF, Information Infrastructure Task Force. ISDN, Integrated services digital network. ISO, International Organization for Standardization. ITU, International Telecommunications Union. LANs, Local area networks. Last mile, Popular term for the ultimate segment of the connection between a communication provider and the customer (usually

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Realizing the Information Future: The Internet and Beyond residential but could also be commercial), originating with consideration of the connection between a telephone company central office and the customer premises. Telephone companies typically call that connection the "subscriber loop"; cable television or radio/wireless connections may bear different labels, given their origins as something other than the twisted copper wire pair loop historically typical in telephony. "Access circuit" is another label for the generic concept of connection between a customer or user and the main part of a service provider's network. LATA, Local access and transport area A geographic region ranging from a metropolitan area to a state, created with divestiture of AT&T and used to define service areas for regulated versus unregulated services (e.g., intra-LATA local services versus inter-LATA long-haul services). MANs, Metropolitan area networks. MPEG, Motion Picture Experts Group. NAPs, network access points Elements within the new NSF network architecture for interconnection between the very high speed backbone network service (vBNS) and other network service providers (regional and other mid-level networks, commercial services, and so on). NII, National information infrastructure. NREN, National Research and Education Network A component of the High Performance Computing and Communications initiative. NSFNET, National Science Foundation network. NSI, NASA Science Internet Operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in support of its research activities. NSTC, National Science and Technology Council. NTSC standard, National Television Systems Committee standard for analog transmission of television. OCLC, Online Computer Library Center. ODN, Open Data Network. OSI, Open Systems Interconnection Protocol suite with seven layers promulgated by the International Organization for Standardization. OSTP, Office of Science and Technology Policy. QOS, Quality of service. SONET, Synchronous optical network An international standard for transmitting information over fiber, specifying standardized optical-signal formats and interfaces and integrated into the ATM packet-switching system. TCP/IP, Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol.

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Realizing the Information Future: The Internet and Beyond T1 service, 1.5 megabits per second. T3 service, 45 megabits per second. UDP, User Datagram Protocol. vBNS, Very high speed backbone network service The small backbone network NSF plans to introduce in 1994 to replace the larger NSFNET backbone service. WAIS, Wide Area Information Service. WANs, Wide area networks. WWW, World-Wide Web. X.25, A protocol for data transport developed by the International Organization for Standardization as part of the OSI suite.

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