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We’d like to announce two forthcoming GLIF meetings. The first meeting will be held at the Internet2 Global Summit on Monday, 16 May 2016 (11.45-13.15) in Chicago, USA; followed by a meeting during TNC 2016 on Monday, 13 June 2016 (09.00-10.30) in Prague, Czech Republic.
This is an opportunity to meet the new GLIF Co-Chairs Jim Ghadbane and David Wilde, and help shape the future directions and activities of GLIF. These meetings are open to all, with GLIF sponsoring organisations, research and education networking initiatives, and representatives of e-science projects being especially encouraged to attend.
Information about the Chicago meeting can be found at https://www.glif.is/meetings/2016/i2gs/
Information about the Prague meeting can be found at https://www.glif.is/meetings/2016/tnc/
Submissions are now open for Digital Infrastructures for Research conference 28-30 September Krakow. DI4R 2016 are inviting all stakeholders including funding agencies, the research communities and the infrastructure providers, both public and private, to come together and share their insights, concerns, needs and vision for the future.
The project called the Distributed System for Complex Monitoring of High-Speed Networks, in which CESNET also took part, finished second in the Best Cooperation of the Year competition. The competition was organised by the Association for Foreign Investment and the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic. Jan Kořenek, CESNET researcher and department manager, and Petr Kaštovský, Netcope Technologies technical director, received the award.
The Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF) is pleased to welcome Jim Ghadbane (CANARIE) and David Wilde (AARNet) as its new Co-Chairs. They succeed Kees Neggers who has chaired GLIF since its inception; originally as the series of Global LambdaGrid Workshops starting in 2001.
The GÉANT Project is a European success story. For over 15 years, through the joined forces of national research and education networking (NREN) organisations, the project has been a vital element of Europe’s e-infrastructure strategy, providing the high-speed connectivity needed to share, access and process massive volumes of data, which is generated by, and essential to diverse research and education communities working in areas such as: particle physics, bioinformatics, earth observation, drug discovery, and arts and culture. GN4 Phase 2 (GN4-2) is set to build on this success.
nternational connectivity available to Algeria’s scientists, academics and students has recently been upgraded from 622Mbps to 2.5Gbps by networking organisation GÉANT and its regional partner ASREN (Arab States Research and Education Network). The fourfold capacity increase is an early result of AfricaConnect2, the EU-funded pan-African connectivity project which supports the establishment of research and education (R&E) internet networks across Africa.
Medical researchers work with very large volumes of data that they want to share with each other safely, rapidly and easily. A shared data and computing infrastructure can play an important part in this. SURFnet is working to provide a basis for this with its innovation project E-LAN (Ethernet Local Area Network). E-LANs are safe network environments, not connected to the Internet. In collaboration with researchers at UMCs a pilot E-LAN has been started up. The initial experience is positive.
CESNET is participating in a project for the digital restoration of Czech film heritage. Jindřich Polák’s 1963 film Ikarie XB 1 has been restored in this project and is the first Czech film to be chosen for the Cannes Classics programme — a part of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The triangle of cross-border dark fibres interconnecting the CESNET, ACOnet and SANET networks has been equipped with new optical and Ethernet devices. It resulted in a global potential throughput of up to 1.6 Tbps and TRILL support enabling efficient routing and load balancing.
GÉANT and its NREN partners have launched a pan-European Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) tender aimed at further accelerating the adoption of cloud services by research and education institutions. The successful tender will lead to a range of framework agreements through which European NRENs can offer their customers a portfolio of IaaS services.