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Posted on 18 July 2014 by TERENA
Registration open for TERENA / SURFnet security, privacy and trust workshop

Security, privacy and trust are among the hottest topics in research and education networking. Because it’s important to collaborate internationally, national research and education networking (NREN) organisations are invited to attend the NREN Security Strategy Workshop that will be held on 3-4 September 2014, organised by TERENA and SURFnet and hosted in the SURFnet offices in Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Posted on 17 July 2014 by SURFnet
Kees Neggers, chief executive officer, SURF

The Board of SURF has appointed Kees Neggers as chief executive officer of SURF for a term of one year, effective from 1 July 2014. During his term, Kees Neggers will implement the reform of the SURF organisation and help draw up the 2015-2018 Strategic Plan. The Board will search for a successor CEO for SURF in the year ahead.


Posted on 11 July 2014 by SURFnet
NetherLight: spanning the marketplace and science

NetherLight, the Dutch open light path exchange, launched in 2001 with a transatlantic connection to facilitate research. NetherLight formed the European end point in Amsterdam, with the US StarLight at the other end in Chicago. Twelve years on, we have multiple 10Gbit/s transatlantic connections and even a 100Gbit/s connection, alongside NetherLight’s high bandwidth connecting Europe. Today, NetherLight is an international light path exchange that facilitates fast, one-on-one connections between researchers at a host of institutions and also, started recently, with service providers. Turning from what we have achieved to what is ahead, the important question now is: What are NetherLight’s plans for the future? A look at new opportunities, market forces and open connections.


Posted on 10 July 2014 by CESNET
8th Customer Empowered Fibre (CEF) Networks Workshop in Prague

CESNET invites all interested specialists to the 8th Customer Empowered Fibre Networks Workshop which will be held in Prague from 15 to 16 September 2014. Major topics for this year event are photonic (all-optical) services, dark fibre channels, alien waves, fibre sharing, open dark fibre testbeds and virtual fibre networks. Other topics that will be addressed include research projects and disciplines requiring photonic services or dark fibre connections, and dark fibre footprints used by the research community (including CBFs and last miles to user premises) and expected development.


Posted on 8 July 2014 by TERENA
TERENA launches new website

TERENA has launched a new website for the service, the global ENUM service for academia. With the new website the growing community of (prospective) users can more easily find information and support. The website is live at


Posted on 8 July 2014 by GRNET
GRNETsigned contract for the development of Greece’s national HPC infrastructure

The national HPC system is expected to empower the Greek scientific community by meeting the needs of Greek users in multiple scientific fields, strengthening their ability to access the PRACE infrastructure. Computational chemistry, physics, biology, biomedicine, meteorology, seismology, computational engineering, materials science and earth observation are, among others, indicative scientific fields that heavily rely on the use of modern supercomputing infrastructures.


Posted on 8 July 2014 by GLIF
Plenary programme for 14th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop announced

The plenary programme for the 14th Global LambdaGrid Workshop is now available. The topics will include new transcontinental infrastructure developments, 100G video and media applications, widely distributed computing, and Software-Defined Networking.

The 14th Annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop (GLIF 2014) is being held on 29 September-1 October 2014 in Queenstown, New Zealand. More information and online registration can be found at

Please note - it is important to book your accommodation in Queenstown at the earliest opportunity. The workshop venue still has rooms available at the special rate of NZD 150 per night including GST.


Posted on 1 July 2014 by SURFnet
NetherLight and NDIX create first open light path marketplace in the Netherlands

Huge increase in available ICT services for higher education and research and expanded possibilities for collaboration and innovation.

SURFnet and NDIX have successfully linked their open light path platforms NetherLight and NDIX. The result is a new, fast and reliable infrastructure for all connected parties that enables massive amounts of data to be exchanged directly from point to point. Now that NDIX is linked to NetherLight, parties connected to NetherLight can immediately take advantage of ICT services offered by a sizable number of providers already connected to NDIX. The link encourages maximum collaboration and innovation amongst parties on both platforms.


Posted on 30 June 2014 by RIPE NCC
Internet Traffic During the World Cup 2014

Before the serious business of knock-out matches, we looked at what happened with IXP traffic during the group stages. As we get closer to the final, we'll be keeping an eye on the matches to see if anything interesting emerges.


Posted on 27 June 2014 by RNP
World Cup in 8K: large sporting events triggering network research

Between June 14th and July 13th, while the ball is rolling in the Brazilian stadiums, the R&E networks will play an important role in helping Japanese television to broadcast the FIFA World Cup in 8K resolution (7.680 x 4.320 pixels) to Japan. The huge distance between Brazil and Japan, half a world apart from each other, sets new challenges for streaming digital images spanning multiple domains over long-distance networks. RNP and RedCLARA are participating in this great collaborative effort.


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