TERENA has ensured the continuation of the NRENum.net service, following a proposal by the Task Force on Enhanced Communications Services (TF-ECS), which concluded its activities at the end of September 2008.
NRENum.net facilitates videoconferencing by translating the IP (Internet Protocol) addresses of videoconferencing resources to a code that uses the same format as telephone numbers. In this way it is similar to ENUM: in countries where ENUM is not available for some reason, NRENum.net provides the necessary information.
For the third year in succession, the peer-reviewed journal ‘Campus-Wide Information Systems’ has published a special edition focusing on papers from the TERENA Networking Conference (TNC). Ten papers were selected from more than a hundred that were presented at TNC 2008 in Bruges, Belgium.
The first TERENA workshop to foster collaborative solutions to end-to-end lightpath provisioning issues took place in Amsterdam this week, on 1-2 December. This event focused on the ‘last mile’ challenges of establishing end-to-end connections. It attracted more than 60 people from around Europe, including key players from metropolitan, campus and local network operators, universities, research laboratories and national research and education networking organisations (NRENs).
Participants agreed that e-science applications generate huge network traffic flows with strict quality requirements. The needs of such applications are best met by 'traffic engineered' point-to-point circuits, rather than 'best effort' routed networks.
Seventeen network engineers trained in Performance Enhancement and Response Team (PERT) skills last week, 27-28 November. This was the second time this hands-on course was run, to equip staff of national research and education networks (NRENs) to establish and operate national and local PERTs within the new eduPERT structure of federated PERTs.
The eduPERT training course was jointly developed by TERENA, DANTE and the Swiss NREN, SWITCH, as part of the GN2 (GÉANT2) project. The workshop was held in the SWITCH offices in Zurich and featured some improvements in the training materials based on feedback from the first, pilot course that was held in September 2007.
The FEDERICA (Federated E-infrastructure Dedicated to European Researchers Innovating in Computing network Architectures) project is creating 'slices' of network infrastructure that can be allocated to researchers as virtual resources for experiments. FEDERICA is a two-and-a-half-year European Union-funded project to implement an experimental network infrastructure for testing new networking technologies. The project team is now opening access to users.
The deadline for submitting papers for the 2009 TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) is 30 November 2008.
The TERENA Networking Conference is the major annual European event in research networking, bringing together around 500 participants from many different countries. The 2009 conference will take place from 8 to 11 June in Málaga, Spain, organised by TERENA and hosted by the University of Málaga and RedIRIS, the Spanish national academic and research network.
A well-balanced programme that focused on practical issues made the recent TERENA EuroCAMP (European Campus Architecture Middleware Planning) workshop the most successful to date, according to organisers and attendees. Around 60 participants from almost 30 organisations across Europe took part in the lively event in Athens, 5-6 November 2008.
This workshop returned to ‘basics’ and the original aim of EuroCAMP, to develop middleware awareness at grassroots level and present some of the various identity management (IdM) and authentication mechanisms available. The focus was single sign on (SSO) systems and the event was mainly aimed at people who operate directories and identity management systems within campuses.
For the first time, Japanese and South African participants attended a TERENA Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) training course, joining the event in Roztoky u Prahy (Czech Republic) last week from 23-24 October 2008.
30 trainees from 14 countries took part, including representatives from both the commercial and non-commercial world. They completed exercises, heard presentations and joined in discussions about the legal, technical, operational and organisational aspects of CSIRTs, as well as the role of CSIRTs in working with vulnerabilities. The training materials used were developed originally in the TRANSITS (Training of Network Security Incident Teams Staff) project.
Health, education and the environment within the Mediterranean region are all benefiting from the growth of e-infrastructures, such as high-speed Internet connections and distributed (Grid) computing. e-Infrastructures for research and education allow members of the Mediterranean region’s scientific and academic communities to work together, and with their counterparts from the European Union (EU). Many of the projects they collaborate on will benefit people in the Mediterranean, promoting not only scientific but also social development. Yet the availability, quality and accessibility of e-infrastructures are still significantly uneven - not only across the region, but within individual countries.
To hear about the successes so far and to discuss the economics, policies and strategies needed to achieve the long-term sustainability of e-infrastructures in the region, the ‘EU-Med Event’ on 4 November will bring together project researchers, invited policy makers and civil servants from relevant ministries and institutions, executives and officials from international organisations as well as private companies and foundations.
The eighth annual TERENA Compendium of National Research and Education Networks in Europe is just published. The 2008 edition includes data from more than 40 countries across Europe and surrounding regions. Information about additional countries from other regions is available online.
As in previous years, the range of topics surveyed has been wide ranging including service development, the increasing use of fibre optics, staffing and funding, and general information regarding the NRENs. The 2008 edition also gives a more in-depth analysis and interpretation of NREN traffic figures than in past years.