BITNET


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BITNET

Because It’s There Network (alternatively, Because It’s Time Network). A university-based information network of historic interest, which was founded in 1981 at the City University of New York and Yale as a point-to-point "store and forward" system. When its use peaked in 1991, it had extended to 500 organisations and 3000 nodes. With the rapid growth of internet TCP/IP systems in the 1990s, BITNET was rapidly abandoned.
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If you look at the litany of protocols for the BITNET of Things today, there's ZigBee, Lon Works, X.
Massive online classes have been getting a lot of attention, but they're also akin to BITNET because the users are terminals connected to a central educational site.
The two major computer networks that emerged in the early 1980s, ARPAnet and BITNET, were accessible only to a select few in the early years when resources were scarce and expensive.
The other major network application for group discussion was LISTSERV, developed in 1986 for use on the BITNET network.
The first version of LISTSERV was written for mainframe computers running the IBM VM (Virtual Machine) operating system--used by most BITNET nodes--but eventually versions were released for other operating systems.
As noted earlier, the Handicap Digest was only distributed on BITNET.
If a person has access to a current account on a university computer system that is connected to BITNET, he/she can access the Handicap Digest directly.
Addressing conventions for email on networks other than the Internet or BITNET should be understood as should methods for finding current email addresses.
A similar facility exists on BITNET but uses the software program LISTSERV.