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Joint Academic NETwork
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(JANET) The wide area network which links UK academic and
research institutes. JANET is controlled by the JointNetwork Team (JNT) and Network Executive (NE). It is an
internet (a large number of interconnected sub-networks)
that provides connectivity within the community as well as
access to external services and other communities. The hub
is the JANET subnetwork, a private X.25 packet-switched
network that interconnects over 100 sites. At the majority of
sites, local area networks (LANs) are connected to JANET
allowing off-site access for the computers and terminals
connected to these networks. The Coloured Book protocol
architecture is used to support interactive terminal access to
computers (for both character terminals and screen terminals),
inter-host file transfers, electronic mail and remote
batch job submission.