Russian Institute for Public Networks
(RIPN) has been founded in 1992 by the Higher School
Committee of Russia, Russian Research Centre "Kurchatov
Institute" and Computer Centre of Kurchatov Institute.
The aims declared were the following:
- to develop computer communications in the interests of
Research & Education (R&E);
- to coordinate IP networking in Russia;
- to promote research studies in the field of computer
- to support R&E organizations in getting access to the
Internet information resources via public networks.
The analysis of the current situation in the field of
networking shows that a large number of the R&E organizations
receive service from the providers, operating "public" networks
(in other words, these are systems without "Accepted User Policy").
That's why special
attention in RIPN activities is devoted to the problem of
usage optimization of this sector of the telecommunications.
Another large part of RIPN activities deals with the creation
of the national backbone on the base of the modern technologies.
The basic idea is the operation of this system in cooperation with
the various service-providers (including "commercial" and "non-profit") in order to provide the self-supporting mode without
large centralized investments from the budget.
One of the main tasks of the RIPN
is to support the Network Information Centre (NIC) for xSU/RU.
The constituent parts of the NIC activity are:
- Registration of IP numbers for the customers from
the blocks delegated RIPN by the Europe
coordination body - RIPE ("last resort" IP registry);
- Administration of "RU" top level domain;
- Support of the Internet document store;
- Support of persons and organizations directory service;
RIPN provides additional free-of-charge information service
on selected topics. This is oriented mainly on R&E community and
has the most general character (White & Yellow Pages, info on
selected scientific magazines, WWW service for R&E organizations,
etc.). Some of these information systems are already being
operated, others are to be installed in the nearest future.
Following the principle of Internet as an Open System, RIPN
is open for communication and is ready to participate in various
projects directed towards the creation of Information Society.
123182, Russia, Moscow, Kurchatov square, 1 (ROSNIIROS)