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BITNET

(networking)
/bit'net/ (Because It's Time NETwork) An academic and research computer network connecting approximately 2500 computers. BITNET provides interactive, electronic mail and file transfer services, using a store and forward protocol, based on IBM Network Job Entry protocols.

Bitnet-II encapsulates the Bitnet protocol within IP packets and depends on the Internet to route them. BITNET traffic and Internet traffic are exchanged via several gateway hosts.

BITNET is now operated by CREN.

BITNET is everybody's least favourite piece of the network. The BITNET hosts are a collection of IBM dinosaurs, VAXen (with lobotomised communications hardware), and Prime Computer supermini computers. They communicate using 80-character EBCDIC card images (see eighty-column mind); thus, they tend to mangle the headers and text of third-party traffic from the rest of the ASCII/RFC 822 world with annoying regularity. BITNET is also notorious as the apparent home of BIFF.

BITNET

A worldwide communications network founded in 1981 that served higher education and research. Well known for its LISTSERV software for managing electronic mailing lists, for years, BITNET was the world's largest computer-based, higher-education network. It was gradually supplanted by the Internet.
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Now the reason so many of the things called Internet of Things are actually the BITNET of Things is that people think in terms of devices, like a light sensor or a thermostat or a switch, connected to a server that proxies its state to build an application.
When you sent e-mail over BITNET, you could follow your e-mail's passage across the network through on-screen messages that announced its arrival at each node on the path to its destination.
Unfortunately, little can be done quickly about this problem since, historically, both BITNET and USENET have depended on "store-and-forward" networking technology rather than the faster "packet-switched" technology used on Internet.
Other people choose to submit articles via the FIDO, BITNET, and Usenet networks.
Addressing conventions for email on networks other than the Internet or BITNET should be understood as should methods for finding current email addresses.
Kurshan, Barbara, "Statewide Telecommunications Networks: An Overview of the Current State and the Growth Potential," Educorp Consultants, Roanake, VA, December, 1990, released on BITNET.
These new initiatives are INFONET, CONNECT-PAC, BITNET and AppleLink.
First we simply generated a standard cover letter in an electronic note that described who we were and why we wanted to facilitate CMC between PSU and a British BITNET site.
There are many systems that have access to the Internet but are not a direct part, such as BITNET, Compuserve, and the UUCP network.
Internet presently includes BITNET, Arpanet, MILitary NETwork, CSNet, NSFNET, BARRNet, CICNet, JvNet, Merit, MIDNet, NEARNet, NYSERNet, OARNet, PREPNet, Sesquinet, SURANet, WESTNet, and many others.
Files were collected from a wide variety of sources, including BITNET mailing lists, USENET newsgroups, bulletin boards, and anonymous FrF sites.
The initiators of BITNET, a cooperative computer network for higher education with links to several networks throughout the world, thought it was an idea whose time had come.