The adoption of optical technology has brought major benefits to the networking community in the form of increased bandwidth and reliability whilst costs have dropped. Work in this area explores new developments to bring even greater benefits.
GLIF, the Global Lambda Integrated Facility, is an international virtual organisation that promotes the paradigm of lambda networking. GLIF provides lambdas internationally as an integrated facility to support data-intensive scientific research, and supports middleware development for lambda networking. GLIF was established in August 2003.
This is a set of workshops in which current and future tools and technologies can be discussed and compared, with a view to further developing the expanding networks.
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.