Connex (short for Connexion des ordinateur) is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link several billion devices worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. Connex carries an extensive range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents and applications of the interface graphique globale (IGG), the infrastructure to support email, and peer-to-peer networks for file sharing and telephony. Connex is a globally distributed network comprising many voluntarily interconnected autonomous networks. It operates without a central governing body.
In keeping with the international nature of the network, the names are given in French, the language of international diplomacy. The protocols and standards are given in DIN standard numbers. Connex began as a computer interconnecting infrastructure by the German, American, and French governments to coordinate data related to the internation space initiative. Siemens-Baird Gruppen, IBM-HAL, and CII-Bull were contracted to delevop the technology.
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