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6 February 2009
Registration open for Next Generation Networking workshop

TERENA is organising a workshop on Next-Generation Networking on Monday, 23 February 2009 which will be held at Prague Airport in the Czech Republic.

The Next Generation Networking workshops are focused on lower layer technologies, and aim to gather network researchers, vendors and members of the research and education networking community together to discuss the latest in innovative networking technologies. This workshop will be the third in the series of these twice yearly workshops.

6 February 2009
Popular media workshop prompts further collaborative effort

A coordinated, open-source approach is required to develop federated services and tools for video-recording, storing and distributing lectures, agreed participants at last week’s very lively Media Management and Distribution Workshop in Zurich, Switzerland.

More than 40 representatives of European universities and national research and education networks (NRENs) attended the event on 29-30 January. This was a relatively new topic area for a TERENA workshop, which proved very popular: TERENA had to close registration unusually early once all available spaces were filled. As a result, many people simply joined the mailing list (vrrd@terena.org) to stay abreast of developments.

8 January 2009
Continuation of service that fills gap in videoconferencing dialling system

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.

8 January 2009
New software package and handbook allow one-stop secure videoconferencing

Open-source software for quickly installing and starting a SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) server infrastructure for secure videoconferencing is now available on the TERENA website, along with a handbook describing how to set up the system. The NREN-Enhanced Communications Server (N-ECS) software and the TERENA SIP Handbook were delivered by the TERENA Task Force on Enhanced Communications Services (TF-ECS), which concluded its activities at the end of September 2008.

6 January 2009
Special edition journal publishes papers from TNC 2008

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.

5 December 2008
Successful workshop casts light on End-to-End Provisioning issues

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.

4 December 2008
PERT training strengthens network performance through eduPERT

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.

21 November 2008
Virtualisation project to support Future Internet researchers is looking for users

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.

20 November 2008
Final call for papers for TNC 2009: deadline approaching

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.

17 November 2008
Practical programme makes Athens EuroCAMP a success

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.

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