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New network to connect China, Russia
Soon scientists in the United States, China and Russia will be able to collaborate over a new high-speed computer network that includes the first direct computer link across the Russia-China border. The network, separate from the public Internet, will enable scientists to transfer huge volumes of information more quickly and collaborate in real-time on high-tech experiments. Russian and U.S. scientists have had direct computer linkage for about five years, but Russia and China often exchange scientific information by meeting in Chicago, said Greg Cole of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, one of the leaders of the Little GLORIAD project. Finishing touches are being made on the Sino-Russian cable, and the global network should see its first traffic Jan. 5. The network rings the Northern Hemisphere, connecting Chicago with Amsterdam, Moscow, Siberia, Beijing and Hong Kong before hooking up with Chicago again. The National Science Foundation contributed $2.8 million to the project. Russia and China invested similar amounts, Cole said. The NCSA, based at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus, is no newcomer to the Internet. It was there ten years ago that software developers created Mosaic, the first browser that combines graphics and text on a single page, opening the Web to the masses.
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