Information Available in China

Information Sites in China

15 November 1994

Information below was supplied by toshio@info.anu.edu.au (Toshio Takagi):

NCFC's (National Computing/networking Facility of China) WWW server (http://www.cnc.ac.cn) is available for internet users, providing information about NCFC and many other networks which connected to NCFC backbone. These networks are not only covering the Zhong Guan Cun area but also the Beijing Metro area and many other cities. All WWW services announced on CINET-L newsletters: IHEP and NCFC, can also be accessed via http://www.cnd.org. (cinet-editor@cnd.org)

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After IHEP and NCFC got connected to the Internet, Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) became the third institute that has full internet connectivity in China. BUCT joined the Internet family on September 20, 1994 via Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan. Its domain name is BUCT.EDU.CN (IP address: 192.112.36.5). (Heting Chu 06 Nov 94 22:21:31 EST)

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InfoLink announced on Nov. 2 a new WWW server (http://www.infolink.net). This server is dedicated as an information hub for businesses and Internet users in Hong Kong to exchange information, provide their home pages and to provide a central place that leads to varies kinds of local and international information resources. (otto@infolink.net)

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Guangdong Public Numerical Data Network was put into operation in Guangzhou on October 27. The data network (DDN) has a capacity of over 14,000 terminals, and it is the largest provincial DDN in China at present. The established network is divided into two parts: the backbone provincial network and city/county network. 11 cities including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai were connected with the network. (info@asiainfo.com)

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The China section of the Eurasian land optical-fibre cable extending from Shanghai at the east end to Frankfort at the west end, has been recently finished, according to the Posts and Telecommunications Administration of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyugr Autonomous Region. It is learned that upon completion, the Eurasian land optical-fibre cable can be linked to the Shanghai-Japan-U.S. submarine cable in the east, incorporated into the European telecommunications network via Frankfort at the west end, and then join the American telecommunications network. (info@asiainfo.com) One of the big changes in HEPnet is the new establishment of the Japan-China link. KEK (National Laboratory for High Energy Physics) in Tsukuba, Japan, and IHEP (Institute of High Energy Physics) in Beijing, China, are connected with a 64Kbps satellite circuit and Cisco routers.

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The 64Kbps circuit itself was delivered from telecom companies to us in March 1994, but it took some time to get approval from US DOC in using Cisco routers in IHEP. Both DECnet and IP started to run over the KEK-IHEP link on 18 July 1994. In the DECnet Internet, IHEP belongs to Japan's area, area 40, due to the shortness in address space in the DECnet PhaseIV. In the TCP/IP Internet, IHEP has their own AS and is connected to KEK with BGP. From IHEP, the link is extended to ITP (Institute of Theoritical Physics) and to ISTIC (Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China) in China.

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The satellite circuit will soon be replaced by a terrestrial circuit (hopefully, before the APNG meeting in November 1994).

HEPnet-J and other networks in Japan including SINET, JOIN, TISN, and WIDE who have their own link to the US are mutually connected at Tokyo. Some of them are configured to work as a back-up of the KEK-US link. Thus, even in case the KEK-US link happens to be down, not only HEPnet-J but also IHEP won't lose the connectivity to the world. However the KEK-IHEP link doesn't have any back-up for the present, though there exist several international links terminated in Beijing. Coordination in the routing and the back-up in Asia shall be needed in near future in some place (probably in APNG).

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KEK has a plan to extend the link to High Energy Physics institutes in Russia from KEK. The KEK-US link was upgraded from 192Kbps to 512Kbps on 28 August 1994.