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Posted on 25 August 2015 by SURFnet
SURFnet responds to innovations with the SURFnet network

SURFnet develops and manages a highly advanced network for and together with its target group: education and research institutions in the Netherlands. In order to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of its target group, SURFnet regularly implements innovations. In three blogs we describe which developments the next series of innovations will respond to. The first two blogs have been published. The blogs cover a versatile self-service network and a high-quality network architecture.


Posted on 24 August 2015 by CESNET
Cyber performances become a reality

CESNET technically ensured a joint concert of Czech and Malaysian musicians during the 40th annual APAN conference. The artists were separated by 9,500 kilometres during the performance.


Posted on 23 August 2015 by ASREN
Workshop on joining eduroam and identity federation

A workshop on joining eduroam and identity federation will take place at the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University (TAGI-UNI), from 8-10 September, 2015. It will be held in conjunction with the 1st International Conference on Open Source Software Computing (OSSCOM 2015). The Arab States Research and Education Network in cooperation with German Jordanian University, MAGIC Project and EUMEDCONENCT3 Project will conduct the workshop, which is dedicated for staff of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and universities. The workshop will focus on eduroam, federated access, and eduGAIN.


Posted on 18 August 2015 by GÉANT
GÉANT invites participants to register for new information security workshop

GÉANT invites participants to its first 'WISE' workshop - Wise Information Security for collaborating E-infrastructures - to be held on 20-22 October, 2015 in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain. Anyone interested in information security is welcome to attend. The workshop's objective is to enhance collaboration among e-infrastructures and their communities on handling security information.


Posted on 18 August 2015 by DeIC
NORDUnet upgrades capacity to Iceland

NORDUnet is happy to announce a new agreement with Farice for network capacity to the Icelandic NREN RHnet.
NORDUnet, RHnet, and Farice have reached an agreement that provides an upgrade of the Icelandic research and education network connectivity to 2 x 10Gbps (from the current 10 Gbps + 2.5 Gbps backup).
Putting in place diversely routed, full 10 Gbps capacity to Iceland is critical for both the growing Icelandic R&E network traffic and for Nordic and European researchers considering Iceland as a host country for HPC, storage, and cloud computing resources in order to achieve zero CO2 emmision installations.

The new links will be implemented in Q4 2015, and the agreement extend for three years until the end of 2018.


Posted on 17 August 2015 by GÉANT
GÉANT appoints Steve Cotter as new CEO

GÉANT has appointed a new CEO, Steve Cotter, to complete the restructuring of the organisation and take on the challenges of a rapidly changing global science environment.

Cotter is presently CEO of REANNZ, New Zealand’s NREN (National Research and Education Network). He will assume his new role at GÉANT in November, where he will be responsible for developing and fulfilling the organisation’s strategic vision, through management of GÉANT’s day-to-day operations, strengthening relationships with NRENs and the European Commission; and developing major international collaborations.


Posted on 12 August 2015 by CUDI
MAGIC, TANDEM and SciGaIA will share a stand and a network session in ICT2015

Organised by the European Commission together with the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Foundation for Science and Technology), ICT2015 will be held in Lisbon (Portugal) from October 20 to 22nd, and three Horizon 2020 projects will join forces to demonstrate their collaborative power: MAGIC, TANDEM and SciGaIA.


Posted on 10 August 2015 by SWITCH
Your folder for life

E-portfolios are normally lost when students leave university. SWITCH is solving this problem.


Posted on 4 August 2015 by SURFnet
Investigation into greater support for guest use in SURFconext

Support of guest use in SURFconext – particularly for pre-enrolment students – is high on the list of priorities for the educational institutions. SURFnet is currently investigating both the technical issues and policy issues for educational institutions in order to facilitate guest use through SURFconext.


Posted on 3 August 2015 by SWITCH
The recipe for cutting-edge international research

For two years, SWITCH has led a team aiming to make international research easier. Now it is time to take stock.


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