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Posted on 1 June 2016 by RIPE NCC
Developments in IPv4 transfers

In May 2015, IPv4 transfers were looked at in the RIPE NCC service region and signs were found of an emerging market. Both the number and size of transfers conducted under RIPE Policy showed an upward trend in the years 2013-2014. One year later, we took another look. Did this trend continue? What have been the effects of the inter-RIR transfer policy?


Posted on 1 June 2016 by CESNET
Third European patent of the CESNET association

The CESNET association has obtained a European patent protecting its invention, which allows transferring a set of video signals with variable channel synchronisation. The patent is titled 'Device for receiving video signals transmitted over a packet computer network'. It is based on a new solution of video channel synchronisation.


Posted on 30 May 2016 by GÉANT
​Final chance to register online for TNC16!

Online registration for this year's networking conference, TNC16, and co-located meetings closes at midnight CEST on Friday 3 June 2016.​ After that, only on-site registration will be possible, for the non-discounted full conference fee. TNC16 will be hosted by CESNET​ between 12-16 June 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic.


Posted on 30 May 2016 by GÉANT
Connectivity boost accelerates EU-Japanese science collaborations

Over 50 million researchers, academics and students across Europe and Japan are set to benefit from a direct 20Gbps (gigabit per second) connectivity injection into the pan-European GÉANT network, celebrated on 25 May 2016 at the launch event of the upgraded Japanese Science Information Network (SINET5) in Tokyo.

The capacity boost comes in response to the increasing data transfer requirements of collaborative research between Europe and Japan on projects such as the ITER energy fusion reactor, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments and the worldwide e-VLBI radio-astronomy network.


Posted on 30 May 2016 by RIPE NCC
Pinpointing delay and forwarding anomalies using RIPE Atlas built-in measurements

Detecting network disruptions is a recurring problem. Clearly locating performance degradation is an important step in debugging and subsequently fixing connectivity issues. We propose a set of complementary methods to detect network disruptions from traceroute measurements. A novel method of detecting changes in delays is used to identify congested links, and a packet forwarding model is employed to predict traffic paths and to identify faulty routers in case of packet loss. RIPE NCC applies this methodology to three cases demonstrating that the proposed methods detect real disruptions and provide valuable insights, as well as surprising findings, on the location and impact of identified events.


Posted on 29 May 2016 by SURFnet
International spotlight on Dutch govroam rollout

The European Commission has devoted an extensive article to the advent of govroam in the Netherlands. The government version of eduroam, govroam ensures civil servants secure and easy access to Wi-Fi networks at government organisations.


Posted on 26 May 2016 by Jisc
Olympic Park reaches new high speeds with superfast internet

It saw world records being set for athletics, track cycling and swimming during London 2012 – and now Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is subject to high speeds of a different kind, with superfast internet connectivity.

Here East – Olympic Park’s former press and broadcast centre, and today the dedicated digital quarter for east London – is now directly connected to the core of the Janet network, the UK’s high-capacity education and research network, to receive resilient internet connectivity of up to 100 Gigabits (Gb) per second. The connection is provided by Jisc.

Loughborough University is the first to take advantage of the Janet network being made available at Olympic Park, taking a connection at its new London site.


Posted on 24 May 2016 by GÉANT
2015 Compendium of NRENs now available

The fifteenth annual GÉANT Compendium of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Europe is now available. The Compendium lays out the work currently being done by NRENs, examining the different contexts in which they operate and explaining important trends in research and education networking that concern them. It's an authoritative reference work for policy makers, funders, NRENs and their users.

This year the Compendium has become an even more interesting read, as experts from across our community have been invited to analyse and interpret the survey results and present key findings using their specialist insight.


Posted on 24 May 2016 by DeIC
Submit a lightning talk for the NORDUnet Conference

The Call for Lightning Talks for the NORDUnet Conference 2016 is open. Lightning talks are five-minute presentations focusing on one key point; this can be an idea, a successful project, a cautionary story, a collaboration invitation, or even a quick tip.

The Finnish NREN Funet/CSC will host this 29th edition of the conference, which will take place in Helsinki, Finland 20-22 September 2016.

NORDUnet 2016 is the Nordic networking meeting place, bringing together the networking community from Nordic universities and NRENs, along with their European and global colleagues. Learn more about the conference on the website:, or submit a proposal:

See you in Helsinki!


Posted on 23 May 2016 by RIPE NCC
RIPE NCC membership and available IPv4 statistics - an update

Ahead of RIPE 72, we take another look at our membership statistics. Was membership growth affected by the Executive Board's resolution preventing multiple LIR accounts? And how will the growth in new LIRs affect the projected lifespan of the available IPv4 pool?


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