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    Peering and Transit Agreement
    NASA Integrated Services Network (NISN)
    Russian Space Science Internet (RSSI)
    January 1998
    Robert E. Butler, Jr.
    NISN Russian Project Manager
    Date: 08/31/98

    Ravil Nazirov
    RSSI Program Manager
    Date: 14.09.98

    1.0 Overview

    In the Fall of 1993, NASA Science lnternet (NSI) and the Russian Space Science lnternet (RSSI) began a cooperative effort to provide lnternet communications to selected Russian institutions in order to promote sponsored scientific cooperation between the two countries. At that time, Russian lnternet communications were in their infancy.

    Several changes have occurred since 1993. Commercial lnternet providers are now doing business in Russia. The International Science Foundation (ISF) has been active in promoting and financing data communications in Russian. ISF financed the Moscow Backbone Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) network ring connecting many scientific and educational institutions in Moscow. A viable data network infrastructure now exists in Moscow and other parts of Russia. NASA is proud to have played a part in helping to bring lnternet data communications to the science community in Russia.

    In addition, there have been changes within NASA. First, NSI became NASA lnternet (NI). Second, NASA reorganized its'communication services and consolidated the various separate communications groups into one new organization, NASA Integrated Services Network (NISN). With the institution of NISN, the management of all NASA communication services between Russia and the United States was consolidated into one effort, the NISN Russian Project.

    The new NISNINI and RSSI at the Space Research Institute (IKI) continue to have mutually beneficial relationship.

    2.0 Introduction

    2.1 Purpose and Scope

    Because of the improved lnternet services in Russia, the lnternet services provided by and between NISNINI and, RSSI are also evolvina. This document will serve to address revised lnternet routing services. It will serve to avoid any confusion between the two organizations on what is expected from the other.

    It is limited in scope to focusing on both the actual routes exchanged between NISNINI and RSSI and the principles governing this exchange.

    2.2 Review Process

    An annual review of the current policies, operations and route exchanges will be by the NISN Russian Project Manager and the RSSI Program Manger. As part of the annual review new ideas will be considered for continued improvement of the services.

    3.0 Roles and Responsibilities

    3.1 NISN/NI

    Currently, NISN is the only Internet provider for the RSSI network. For the scientific and educational institutions that participate with the RSSI and meet the NASA NISN Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), NISN advertises their routes to the general lntemet. This will change with the signing of this agreement.

    In the future, NISN will provide full lnternet access service ONLY for those specific Russian institutions that have been identified by NASA program officials as institutions participating with NASA in joint programs, data exchange, and scientific research.

    NISN will continue to allow all RSSI institutions that meet NISN's AUP to terminate on the NISN network, providing the RSSI network user community access to the NASA public information.

    NISN will continue to provide a communication circuit between the U.S. and RSSI at IKI.

    3.2 RSSI

    In conjunction with the individual Russian scientific and educational institutions, RSSI will continue to provide local communications to institutions NASA at no cost to NASA.

    RSSI will continue to provide dial-up terminal and point-to-point (PPP) network access for U.S. individuals trave[ing in Russia on NASA business so that they can access their U.S. email accounts.

    In addition, RSSI will continue to provide network-engi'neering support within Russia to the NISN network to include support for the future NISN point-ofpresence on the [SF South Moscow Backbone.

    RSSI has no implicit obligation to cover any expenses to a third party involved into the services described above.

    4.0 lnternet Service

    4.1 Route Change Implementation

    This change, limiting full lnternet access via NISN for NASA selected Russian institutions, will take place no later than July 1998. This provides RSSI a reasonable time to secure another means for lnternet service for the RSSI network, if desired.

    The NISN Russian Project Manager and the RSSI Program Manager and/or their designated representatives will jointly coordinate the activities associated with the lnternet service change, i.e., router reconfigurations and lnternet announcements.

    4.2 List of Advertised Routes

    Appendix A provides a list of the Russian institutions and their associated TCP/IP prefix plus mask addresses for which NISN/NI will provide full Internet services, (advertise the routes).

    4.3 Changes to the Advertised Route List

    Requests for additions or deletions to the advertised routes will be communicated between the NISN Russian Project Manager and the RSSI Program Manger or their designated representatives.

    Route changes that meet the criteria in Section 3.1 will be implemented within two weeks of acceptance.

    4.4 Origin of Advertised Routes

    If an advertised RSSI route meets NISN criteria RSSI has rights to advertise this route to any of RSSI peers as well as to NISN. Otherwise, RSSI will provide transit of such route to NISN only.

    RSSI will not implicitly provide transit service for NISN networks and/or to any network advertised by NISN.

    5.0 Points of Contact

    NISN Russian Project Manager
    Robert Butler
    NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center
    Phone: 1-256-544-1161, email:

    RSSI Program Manger
    Ravil Nazirov
    Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
    Phone: (007) - 095-333-2023, email:

    Appendix A. Russian Institutions Eligible to Receive Full lnternet Access Via RSSI - NISN.

    Appendix B. NASA NISN Acceptable Use Policy.

    Appendix C. NASA NISN Security Policy.

    Appendix D. RSSI Acceptable Use Policy.

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