JANET – the first 25 years
Joint event with the Computer Conservation Society.
Tuesday 22nd September 2009, 2:00 pm.
Speakers: Bob Day, Roland Rosner and Shirley Wood.
University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB - map (click on Informatics Forum in the list of buildings).
This event is free of charge. Refreshments available in the Atrium after the event.
What is JANET? Certainly it is a communications network. But to many, perhaps depending on the perspective of the individual, it is more: a concept, a community, a variety of services, and a part of UK education and research life.
JANET facilitates a range of activities that let individuals and organisations push back the traditional boundaries of teaching, learning and research methods. For example, JANET’s videoconferencing and video streaming capabilities are being used to deliver lectures to remote groups of students, while for researchers the capacity of the JANET backbone allows the linking of large data storage and high-performance computing facilities at a national and international level.
In 25 years JANET has moved from a network serving 60 universities and research councils running at 9.6kbit/s to a multi-gigabit, multi-service network connecting 18 million users covering research, higher education, further education and schools. It has become a critical part of the education and research community in the UK.
This seminar will cover the challenges through the years creating and growing a single UK computer network, the widening community, and major steps in JANET’s development.
JANET – Introduction, Bob Day, CTO JANET(UK)
The talks will take around 2 hours, followed by questions and discussion.
About the speakers