Computer Science Network (CSNet)
Definition - What does Computer Science Network (CSNet) mean?
The Computer Science Network (CSNet) is a now-defunct computer network designed to extend networking benefits to universities and institutions that could not be directly connected to ARPANET. CSNet was funded by the National Science Foundation from its inception in 1981 until 1984.
CSNet was a major milestone in providing access to national networking, which contributed to the development of the Internet. In 1991, the establishment of regional networks rendered CSNet redundant and the project was shut down.
Techopedia explains Computer Science Network (CSNet)
The CSNET project had three primary components: email relay, name service and TCP/IP-over-X.25 tunnelling technology. Users initially accessed CSNet via email relaying, through specific gateways, over dial-up, or X.29/X.25 terminal emulation. CSNet later added TCP/IP.
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET)
- Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
- National Science Foundation Network (NSFNet)
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
- Internet Backbone
- Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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