TERENA Compendium of National Research and Education Networks in Europe, 2003. FAQ for the Questionnaire

F.A.Q. for the Questionnaire for the 2003 Edition of the Compendium

Do not hesitate to submit additional questions!

Those NRENs that submitted a questionnaire for the 2002 edition of the Compendium will receive a tailor-made questionnaire with the answers of last year pasted in already. However, you do not need to wait for that questionnaire to arrive if you are eager to start already! The new questionnaire is here (in .rtf).

  1. Section three: Staffing, FTEs

    Please do not include staff that is entirely working for activities not directly related to R&E networking, eg. the budget for activities such as Domain Name registration services for parties outside the NREN.

    About subcontracted staff: this may be difficult for some to answer, for example because you have subcontracted services and do not really need to know how many FTEs are needed for providing the service. If this is the case, then please try to give an estimate and note your problems in the remarks section. We need this information in order to allow some comparison between NRENs.

  2. Section four: Budget questions

    Please do not hesitate to use as much space as needed here to clarify your national situation!
    Please let us know if you think your budgetary situation is special in comparison to other NRENs. That can help in presenting the data to the outside world in a way that at least shows the complexities of working with this figure.

  3. Section 5: What are these ISCED levels?

    ISCED stands for International Standard Classification of Education. It is a UNESCO initiative.
    Level 6 stands for the second stage of tertiary education (leading to an advanced research qualification). It typically requires the submission of a thesis or dissertation.
    Level 5 stands for the first stage of tertiary education. Completion of an education at level 3 or 4 is normally required.
    Level 4 stands for post-secondary non-tertiary education. This can include, for example, short vocational training programmes.
    Levels 2 and 3 stand for secondary education (level 2 can also stand for the second level of basic education).
    Level 1 stands for primary or basic education.

    In theory, your Ministry of Education sends information to UNESCO about the educational sector in your country on a regular basis. Therefore, they should be able to tell you what types of institutions in your country fall in which category. They should also know how many institutions of each category there are.

    More information is available from this page at UNESCO. At the bottom of the page, you can find a link to a download facility. This link should get you a PDF version of the document.

  4. Question 5.6 Congestion

    We would like to get your best estimate of congestion levels. For example, if the MRTG trace of an access line is at the line bandwidth for long periods, or if the router interface shows lots of packet drops, then there's congestion in the access network. That one is obvious. But how do you know if the bottleneck (if there is one) is in the campus LAN?
    You may need to look inside the campus network, or at least at the ethernet port of their edge router. If a big university cannot use more than ~4Mbps of an E3 or STM-1 access line, they may be limited by a 10Mbps ethernet somewhere in their LAN.

    We do expect NRENs to have some idea of the state of their network, particularly on the existence and location of bottlenecks. This could come either from constant monitoring or by using tools like clink or pingplotter.

  5. Question 6.1 What is this core usable backbone capacity? What if I don't have a backbone?

    We mean the typical core capacity of the linked nodes in the core. Some networks don't have a core backbone, for example because they have a star topology. In that case, we would be interested in knowing the maximum capacity into the central node of your network.

    Some NRENs have dark fiber with a very high theoretical capacity. In that case, we would like to know the usable IP capacity.

  6. Question 6.9 External connections

    Note that we are interested in the capacity for production purposes, not in any additional links that may be there for the purpose of giving resilience. Some of your capacity to Europe may be used for transiting to intercontinental services; please do NOT subtract for that.