The NASA Science Internet (NSI or NSInet) program, established in mid 1988, was structured to provide an integrated approach to building a networking infrastructure. NSI coordinated and consolidated science user requirements for non-mission-critical computer networking. It further designed and implemented its networks to provide the computer protocols and performances needed by the scientists.
In the process of consolidating circuits, NSI used multiprotocol and interprotocol networking technology and worked to facilitate sharing of applications software and services. NSI also coordinated the integration of the Code SC information system as well as advanced applications, such as remote visualization, wide-band video, etc., into the network. Throughout its operations, NSI was responsible for providing efficient management of NASA data communications facilities and for assuring resource control and security.
- Fred Rounds, "The NASA Science Internet-An Integrated Approach to Networking" (full-text).