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SCinet Service Level Policy

The Network Committee, SCinet, provides commodity Internet, research and experimental networks for use by the exhibitors and attendees. While every practical effort shall be made to provide stable and reliable network service on each network, there is no explicit service level agreement for any SCinet network, nor are there any remedies available in the event that network services are lost.

SCinet provides a series of networks each year for use by the exhibitors and attendees. Each network can be broadly categorized as Commodity Internet, Research, or Xnet infrastructure. In addition, there are significant peering relationships among these networks that allow them to communicate.

Commodity Internet networks include the high bandwidth connection from the convention center to one or more Internet Service Providers and both wired and wireless networks that connect the exhibit halls, meeting rooms, ballrooms, mail rooms and other common areas to the Internet. The commodity network includes support for all rooms within the Tampa Convention Center, including connections to all systems used by the Education Program, Registration, Stores, SC Global & SC Desktop broadcasts and network access for the Hands-On Tutorial Programs.

Research networks include very high bandwidth connections to National and Agency networks. Coupled with the extensive peering relationships that these networks have with other research networks worldwide, SCinet can engineer connectivity to virtually any public IP address in the world. Access to these networks is limited to exhibitors with network connections to the SCinet core.

Xnet networks are typically experimental and often fragile. These networks connect small numbers of devices using equipment that is pre-production, pre-standard, or research oriented. In most cases, Xnet networks do not peer with other networks to reduce potential network volatility.




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