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ILLUSTRATIONS

Maps of Internet Growth 1960s through 1990s (pdf file)
Map of the Internet 2007 (pdf file)

DOCUMENTS

Report of the Panel on Large Scale Computing in Science and Engineering
http://www.pnl.gov/scales/docs/lax_report_1982.pdf

Also known as the Lax Report, this report in 1982 was influential in the creation of NSF’s supercomputing centers and efforts to network them together, leading to the NSFNET.

Sharing the Supercomputers
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?
res=940DEEDB143AF93AA15751C1A96E948260

John Markoff of the New York Times wrote about the NSFNET project in this 1990 article.

Management of NSFNET
http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/custom/portlets/
recordDetails/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExt
Search_SearchValue_0=ED350986&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=ED350986

A transcript of a 1992 hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Science of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which had oversight over the NSFNET project

NSFNET: A Partnership for High-Speed Networking Final Report
http://www.merit.edu/about/history/pdf/NSFNET_final.pdf
This report was produced in 1995 by MERIT Networks, Inc., one of the original NSFNET partners. It provides a summary of the project and the conditions that lead to the decision to decommission the network in 1995.

Retiring the NSFNET Backbone Service: Chronicling the End of an Era http://www.merit.edu/networkresearch/projecthistory/nsfnet/nsfnet_article.php
A year after the NSFNET was retired in 1995, Susan R. Harris, Ph.D., and Elise Gerich wrote this article about the project for the journal ConneXions.

OTHER RESOURCES

TCP/IP
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TCP/IP_model
An explanation of TCP/IP from Wikipedia

NSFNET Diagrams
http://www.merit.edu/networkresearch/projecthistory/nsfnet/nsfnet_maps.php
Diagrams of NSFNET throughout its development from MERIT Networks, Inc.

NSFNET on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSFNet
NSFNET entry on Wikipedia.org

NSFNET Conference
http://www.nsfnet-legacy.org/event.php
In November, 2007, over 200 of the researchers and scientists who worked on the NSFNET project gathered in Arlington, Virginia to reflect on their experiences. Video from the three-day event are available online.

Internet2
http://www.internet2.edu/
Internet2 is a consortium of research and educational organizations that are working to facilitate the development, deployment and use of revolutionary Internet technologies.