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IT Revamps Divisional Web Site

Making the Web Accessible to All

"Distributed Learning": LEADing the Campus into the Future

LEAD Faculty Survey Results

Campus Wrapping Up Y2K Preparedness

Tiger Team Wants You!

Preparing for Y2K at Home

Degree Navigator: Registrar and IT Create Powerful New Tool for Students

Measuring the Effectiveness of IT's Communications

Windows 2000: A Review

Evaluating the Deployment of New Technology

Tapping Internet 2's Potential

Main Computer Networks Accessible to UC Davis Users

Bits and Bytes: Short News Items

Modem Pool Users Getting Busy Signals

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Main Computer Networks Accessible to UC Davis Users


  • UC Davis Networks

    Network 21: Project to build an internal network capable of supporting high-speed connections. Concluded in 1998. The objective was met to build a highly stable, standardized Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) fiber-optic network infrastructure. (ARCHIVED:

    UCDNet2: A new project continuing the UC Davis internal infrastructure enhancements started with the Network 21 project. UCDNet2 will employ traditional copper wire, the fiber-optic infrastructure used in Network21 and wireless technologies. (Web site in development. For ongoing information, subscribe to listserv:

  • Regional Networks

    CALREN-2: Operates at 622 (or greater) Megabits per second. California's research and education network. Developed by the Consortium for Education Network Initiatives (CENIC). CENIC partnered with Pacific Bell and Cisco Systems, Inc. to design and deploy an advanced electronic superhighway linking California's Institutions of higher education to each other and to the Internet 2 backbone networks. CALREN-2 connects to Abilene at two points in California. (

    Internet 2 cartoon

  • National Networks

    Abilene: Operates at 2.4 Gigabits per second. High-performance Internet Protocol (IP) network developed by the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID) in partnership with Quest Communications, Nortel Networks, Cisco Systems and Indiana University. A primary goal of Abilene is to provide a backbone network for the Internet 2 project. (

    Next Generation Internet (NGI): A multi-agency Federal research and development program that is exploring advanced networking technologies, developing revolutionary applications that require advanced networking and demonstrating these capabilities on test beds that are 100 to 1,000 times faster than today’s Internet. (

    vBNS: Operates at 644 Megabits per second. This is a very high-speed backbone network system developed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and MCI/WorldCom. VBNS is intended as a platform to develop new Internet applications to facilitate collaborative research efforts. (