Middleware sits "in the middle" between the physical network and end user applications. This area is further divided into Network Middleware which supports the underlying infrastructure and Application Middleware focusing on integration, interoperability and messages between systems, services or programs.
eduroam, which has been running since 2003, is the educational network roaming infrastructure that allows users from participating institutions to access a wireless LAN at other participating locations using their home institution's credentials. The eduroam infrastructure is based on 802.1X standard technology and RADIUS proxy servers backend.
TERENA Secretariat staff are part of eduroam's European confederation level Operational Team, which is funded by the GN3 project.
The TERENA EuroCAMP (European Campus Architecture Middleware Planning) workshops started in 2005. The aim of EuroCAMP is to reach out to the European campuses and promote state-of-the-art middleware technologies.
The GÉANT SIG – Network Operations Centres is the successor of the former TERENA Task Force on NOCs (aka. TF-NOC). The main topics covered by the new SIG would include, but would not be limited to:
a. To facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration for leading staff members of Network Operation Centres (NOCs) as well as network engineers involved in the integration and optimization of NOC tools and processes in order to foster the development and improvement of NOCs, primarily within the research and education community.
b. To explore and get an understanding of the taxonomy of Network Operation Centres, collecting information on how NOCs do things and then discuss how to enhance them and document this for future reference.
c. To offer a forum for exchanging and promoting ideas, experience and knowledge on NOC tools, functions, workflows, procedures and best practices, making communication easier.
d. To facilitate the inter-NOC discussions in case of multi-domain services.
e. To liaise with GÉANT Operations, and other e-infrastructures such as EGI, EUDAT, and PRACE.
f. To foster face-to-face and online meetings, providing a breeding ground to discuss, elaborate and disseminate early thoughts, brought in by members of the research and education community that can evolve into projects or services.
The TERENA Networking Conference (TNC) is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, with more than 650 participants attending this annual event. TNC brings together decision makers, managers, networking and collaboration specialists, and identity and access management experts from all major European networking and research organisations, universities, worldwide sister institutions, as well as industry representatives.
Through keynotes speeches by renowned specialists, varying parallel sessions, demonstrations and presentations, the Conference presents participants with a unique overview of the latest developments in research networking, both in the technical field and in the area of application and management.