Network Architects Workshops

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.

Aim of the workshop series

The TERENA Network Architects Workshop aims to bring the NREN people together responsible for next-generation network architecture design and deployment. As the national research and education networks are all at different stages of the typical life-cycle - depending on their maturity, coverage, service portfolio, user community and funding model - it is expected that useful experiences and ideas can be shared within the community.



Despite the diversity, it would be beneficial to identify common practices, design procedures, future expectations and evolution path to fill the gaps. A common language is essential for establishing multi-domain network services as well as common understanding on the network building blocks is equally important. To this end, the TERENA Network Architects Workshop will be held back-to-back with the GN3 JRA1 Task 1&2 Workshop that aims at providing information on the basic infrastructure by investigating emerging technologies such as Carrier Class Transport technologies and Photonics. The discussion will be extended to DANTE (as the operator of the pan-European network GÉANT) and other regional network providers in the community.

Target Audience

The target audience is the NREN people (including the participants of the GN3 JRA1 activity) responsible for network architecture design under the CTO or Head of Infrastructure offices but above network operations (NOC) or at least at Tier-3 NOC. The invitation is extended to DANTE, NORDUnet, other regional providers, as well as TERENA global peers at other world regions. Selected commercial partners will be invited to the GN3 JRA1 workshop.

The activity aims to bring together research and education network design engineers to discuss the state-of-the-art technologies and possible future development. TERENA aims to play a role in enabling synergies and collaborative opportunities to arise through discussions and knowledge sharing to benefit the broader community.

Some of the issues that will covered are as follows:

  • Next generation technologies
  • Building networks
  • Planning network evolution
  • Design, dimensioning and procurement
  • Network as a service architecture

Related Activities

A previous TERENA activity related to this was the TF-NGN (Task Force for Next Generation Networks) and details of that activity can be found on its activity pages.

Running period: August 2012 - N / A

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