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1 China 2.0 The Rise of a Digital Superpower, Beijing and Stanford, Oct First Internet Link between SLAC (US) and IHEP (China) Les Cottrell SLAC, Xu Rong Sheng IHEP

2 Slide: 2 Les Cottrell, SLAC Early History u1987 BEPC2 (VAX IHEP linked to CERN via packet switched data network (PSDN) uMay 1990 changed to CNPac (X.25 at 4.8kbps) from Ministry of Telecommunication, China uProvided connectivity via CERN VAX VXNODE in Geneva

3 Slide: 3 Les Cottrell, SLAC Invitation uChinese scientists from IHEP, visit SLAC in April/May 1991 uThey were interested in computing and networking and as assistant director of computing I was invited to attend a meeting with them uThey were particularly interested in a network connection to SLAC to support the Beijing Electron Spectrometer collaboration between IHEP, SLAC and other US institutions uWith a meeting in Tokyo on Computing in High Energy Physics starting May 11, I suggest extending trip to a visit to IHEP in Beijing uIHEP were very supportive, invite me

4 Slide: 4 Les Cottrell, SLAC Be Careful what you ask for… uNot knowing what to expect in Beijing Just 2 years after the Tianamen Square What was the technology available in IHEP I was worried… uI met with Pief Panofsky the Emeritus Director of SLAC He was very encouraging He had this vision of how excellent networking could make a worldwide physics collaboration really work well uBut outbound IHEP international calls needed an operator uHow to make this work with a digital network …

5 Slide: 5 Les Cottrell, SLAC Pief to the Rescue uPief called Nobel laureate T. D. Lee of Columbia for help Request top priority to installation of 3 phones with unattended international access. Get me visa u3 weeks later after the CHEP conference in Tokyo I was met at the old Beijing airport Taken to the Friendship Hotel used to be for Russian experts

6 Slide: 6 Les Cottrell, SLAC Working with IHEP staff uI was amazed to find the phone lines in place and working uThey were excited about working with western experts Determined not to let knowledge of English impede things I was flattered to be considered an expert, and by their attention, friendliness and enthusiasm uHowever, soon found that despite nods and smiles I was talking way too fast So wrote everything down as I talked, this forced me to go slowly and provided a written record

7 Slide: 7 Les Cottrell, SLAC Accomplishment while there uHooked up a 9600bps modem between phone & VAX 11/785 uUsed 2 nd phone line to call Charley Granieri at SLAC (15 hours apart) Set up asynchronous DECnet dial-up connection SLAC – IHEP Effective 400 bits/sec, very noisy and hard to use Often unable (no international line available) to make connections Frequent disconnects in mid-session $3.0/min IHEP VAX SLAC

8 Slide: 8 Les Cottrell, SLAC On return to US uSetup Tymnet connection via LLNL and CNPac $100/hour used for (~$1 each) & remote logon Typically5-10 s/day and 5-20 mins for remote logon Very sluggish for remote logon (1.5 sec response time) Transfer rate few hundred kbits/s Cost ~ $5K/month for US end and $7K for Chinese end uInterest from DoE community & the NSF uConvinced US/DoE needed upgrade to a permanent link Chose AT&T Skynet satellite For DoE: SLAC and SSC with SLAC taking US lead DoE approved proposal 1991 Contract signed with AT&T January 1992 $US cost $5k install & $5.5K/month, similar for IHEP

9 Slide: 9 Les Cottrell, SLAC So then we had or were working towards uOriginal drawing from paper in 1994

10 Slide: 10 Les Cottrell, SLAC Now it gets really hard uUS downstation Point Reyes north of San Francisco uChina downstation Beijing airport uFrom airport microwave to BTA bldg km away in center of Beijing uBTA 801 to 821 exchange bldg 2 blocks from IHEP Tried infrared, the microwave but error rates to0 high, eventually got a fibre route Last 2 blocks there was copper, but problems with converting fibre to copper March 1 st 1993 acceptable error rates, handed over to IHEP Seconds later monitor program showed the SLAC DECrouter adjacent to IHEP uDoE/SLAC paid $50K/yr, similar from China

11 Slide: 11 Les Cottrell, SLAC How did it work & for what uTen times better: 42kps file transfer Echo time < 1 second Error rate 1 in 10 million 1-2 unscheduled outages/month Twice yearly occulted by sun directly in line with satellite uHow was it used: Transfer physics data: 200MB/day (equivalent to that eras tape cartridge – IBM 3480) s/day 400 sites in 21 countries via SLAC gateway News groups, collaboration coordination, code management Copying files, remote login, real-time communication

12 Slide: 12 Les Cottrell, SLAC Daily Utilization

13 Slide: 13 Les Cottrell, SLAC Connecting to the Internet uOnce 64kbps link established many Chinese institutions wanted to connect to IHEP to get access to Internet uDec 1994 Visit by US congressman George Brown to IHEP increased US government interest uJan 1994 meeting to recommend China domain naming Node.ihep.ac.cn uProposed replacing DEC routers with Cisco routers Got export licenses from US DOC Received in Beijing Feb 1994, installed in March Worldwide HEPnet connected uAgreement for Internet to carry Chinese traffic (DOC, DoD, DoE) Required Internet wide-area sent April 18, 1994, saying China connection April 25, 1995 uIHEP fully Internetted via US West Coast interconnection point

14 Slide: 14 Les Cottrell, SLAC More Information uOverviewOverview confluence.slac.stanford.edu/display/netmanpub/China+Inter net+Connection confluence.slac.stanford.edu/display/netmanpub/China+Inter net+Connection u1994: Academic paper on connection: html html u2005: Essay on bringing the Internet to China u2006: Contributions of HEP to China Internet: history.ppt history.ppt u2010: You Tube video


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