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Posted on 22 October 2014 by TERENA
The problems with interfederation

Interfederation – the processing of sharing entity metadata between different federations – is intended to both make management of metadata easier for Identity Providers (IdPs) and Service Providers (SPs) and ultimate to allow metadata to flow on a global scale with minimum barriers. eduGAIN was set up with the intention of achieving just those aims, however eduGAIN is built on top of an existing architecture of federations that have grown up organically in different countries.

REFEDS discusses some the challenges it faces in dealing with interfederation and the work being put in place to support development in this area.


Posted on 20 October 2014 by CESNET
eduroam at railway stations

In collaboration with the ČD – Telematika company, CESNET has enabled eduroam connectivity for students, teachers and scholars at the main railway stations in Prague and Pardubice. The Masarykovo Station in Prague will follow soon.


Posted on 20 October 2014 by RIPE NCC
Data Acquisition Networks for Large Experiments (by Grzegorz Jereczek)

The ATLAS, CMS, ALICE and LHCb particle detectors are designed to study particle collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Those as well as other existing and emerging large-scale experiments produce increasingly high volumes of data. Their source can be a wide variety of instruments, including sensors, detectors, antennas or telescopes. Although characteristics and goals of these experiments vary, they share a common challenge for real-time filtering, storage and analysis of the acquired data. One of the key components of this chain is a network, called the data acquisition network (DAQ).


Posted on 15 October 2014 by GLIF
100G with Scenery

The 14th Annual Global LambaGrid Workshop was held on 29 September - 1 October 2014 at the Rydges Lakeland Resort in Queenstown, New Zealand. The South Island location not only provided a scenic backdrop for more than 90 participants from around the world, but also delivered the first 100 Gb/s Trans-Pacific connection to demonstrate that GLIF truly can enable research in every part of the globe.


Posted on 13 October 2014 by Surfnet
SURFnet 2014 innovation report: Impactful Innovation

For already more than 25 years, SURFnet has been a world leader in providing the higher education sector with innovative networks and services such as eduroam and SURFconext.

This innovation report, which elucidates innovation projects that SURFnet has recently carried out with national and international partners, testifies to the motivating role SURFnet occupies in the Dutch ICT landscape.


Posted on 13 October 2014 by CESNET
Eye surgery at Prague Castle

CESNET provided live online broadcasts of eye surgeries which were done during the 2nd Prague Eye Festival 2014. The event was held at Prague Castle on Friday and Saturday 10 and 11 October. Guests could watch the online broadcasts on a large SAGE displaying device in the castle's Spanish Hall.


Posted on 13 October 2014 by CESNET
LinuxDays in 4K

CESNET transmitted live Internet broadcasts in 4K (3,840×2,160 pixels) from the LinuxDays conference. Besides the technical support, CESNET also contributed to the programme.


Posted on 13 October 2014 by ASREN
Only 7 weeks left for e-AGE 2014 conference

The 4th International Platform on Integrating Arab e-Infrastructure in a Global Environment, e-AGE 2014, is taking place at Grand Hyatt Muscat hotel, Oman, during 10 - 11 December, 2014. The event will be hosted by The Research Council of Oman. The general theme is Intercontinental Connectivity of the Pan Arab Network. ASREN has started to take concrete steps towards connecting researchers and academics across the Arab States by launching its first PoP in London Telecity and working with its partners on new PoPs in UAE, Egypt and the western part of the Arab Region.

The e-AGE 2014 agenda will be published soon at:
You can also view the participants list at:;sid=35


Posted on 10 October 2014 by TERENA
DANTE and TERENA join forces to become the GÉANT Association

In response to the community of Europe’s national research and education networking organisations’ (NRENs’) wishes, the GÉANT Association has been formed by re-organising TERENA and DANTE under a unified governance structure. The membership of TERENA and the shareholders of DANTE voted to proceed during meetings held in Berlin on 7 October. This restructuring marks a new phase in almost thirty years of collaborative research and education networking in Europe.


Posted on 7 October 2014 by TERENA
TERENA General Assembly hears satisfaction results and adopts new statutes

Very positive results of TERENA’s annual Community Satisfaction Survey were presented at the 44th General Assembly (GA) meeting, which was held on 6-7 October in Berlin. Participants also adopted new Articles of Association, paving the way towards a TERENA and DANTE restructuring.


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