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The NC-REN meets the North Carolina Information Highway

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6 Author(s)
Stevenson, D. ; Dept. of Adv. Networking Technol., MCNC, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA ; Morow, H. ; Blatecky, A. ; Montgomery Davis, P.
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The North Carolina Research and Education Network (NC-REN), formerly known as CONCERT, is an existing video and data network, owned and operated by MCNC. NC-REN's purpose has been to provide network-based support for collaboration in the research community within the state since 1985. The first major application planned for the North Carolina Information Highway (NCIH) is an interactive video distance learning system. A secondary application proposed is the use of Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS) as a means of providing data communications services over NCIH. The user community currently supported by NC-REN has come to expect high levels of service, reliability, interoperability and performance for data and video communications. MCNC is committed to see that NC-REN users receive service that is equal to or better than what is currently provided by the existing network. The prospect of migrating NC-REN-provided services to NCIH-provided transport has raised challenging technical and unique service issues.<>

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Network, IEEE  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 6 )