TERENA Technical Programme

TERENA supports joint European work to develop and test new networking technologies and applications. TERENA brings together technical specialists in task forces and innovative projects.

This Technical Programme is guided by the TERENA Technical Committee and reviewed annually by the Technical Advisory Council. The Technical Programme is supervised by a group of experienced networking professionals appointed by the TERENA Executive Committee. Administrative support is provided by the TERENA Secretariat. The Technical Programme is described in more detail in the Terms of Reference, which define structures and procedures. These were approved by the General Assembly in June 1999.

The Technical Programme focuses on Special Interest Areas (SIA) recommended by the TERENA membership. Current Special Interest Areas are:

  • Network Services and Technologies. This area is concerned with organisational aspects, coordination and exchange of best practice regarding the provisioning and delivering of network services. Work in this area supports research on network technology and innovative network services. Campus network mobility is included in this area.
  • Security. This is a broad area, concerned with the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information and information systems. TERENA's activities include defining and implementing appropriate security requirements for various types of systems. One requirement common to many systems is incident response: detecting and investigating failures and restoring the system to its intended security state.
  • Middleware. Middleware is a general term that in this context refers to the layer between the network and the applications running on it. Middleware provides an interface to, and between, the applications, easing their interoperability, simplifying access by users, and allowing better management. TERENA's middleware activities focus on identity management federations, harmonisation and standardisation of interfaces, access control, service location and diagnostics, and involve liaison with other communities when relevant. This area also addresses user and application mobility in a networked environment.
  • Media Services. This area encompasses information exchange and best practice in traditional and web-based collaboration, webcasting and video-on-demand solutions, while at the same time providing a platform for activities supporting live media and videoconferencing. TERENA's activities in this field vary from the investigation of next generation real-time communication services to the establishment of rich media production and recording solutions, metadata and content repositories as well as distribution platforms.
  • Virtualisation and Cloud Services. Virtualisation generally refers to abstraction of resources, usually creating a logical view of resources while hiding the underlying arrangement of various physical elements including storage, hardware, servers and networking components. This area also includes the investigation of in-house services using private clouds and of services outsourced to public clouds.

In addition, Campus and End-to-End issue coordination are challenges that have an impact across all special interest areas, while Grid collaborations span many of the areas.