The news service by and for the Research and Education Networking Community in Europe
With almost 680 attendees from over 60 countries worldwide at TNC16, how do you bring each member of this diverse audience something of interest, in one place? Simple: Lightning Talks! A whirlwind of perfectly-timed 5 minute presentations delivered a whole bunch of interesting topics, engaging the audience and planting numerous seeds in plenty of minds.
This June the research and education networking community convenes in Prague for #TNC16, with the theme of 'Building the Internet of People'. This topic is highlighted in Issue 22, with further insight into celebrating 30 years of community collaboration. If you are at TNC16 you can pick up a copy at the GÉANT booth, or you can view online or download as a PDF. We hope you enjoy the issue, and as always your feedback is welcome.
Infinera, a provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, announced that GÉANT will deploy Infinera’s programmable and open packet optical software-defined networking (SDN) solution integrated with GÉANT’s ONOS-based controller. GÉANT recently validated the solution and will now move forward with plans for a network-wide deployment that will optimise its multi-layer network and enable efficient delivery of very high-bandwidth connectivity for data intensive research.
Jan Gruntorád, Director of CESNET, the association operating the Czech Republic’s national e-infrastructure of the same name, was awarded the medal of honour of the Vietsch Foundation. The medal is awarded annually to people who have made a contribution of lasting value to the research and development of advanced Internet technology aimed to support science, research and higher education. Jan Gruntorád received the medal in Prague on 13 June, during the TNC16 conference, the largest European research and education networking event, organised by GÉANT, the association of European national research and education networks, and hosted this year by CESNET.
SURFnet has published two Requests For Proposals (RFP) for SURFnet8. SURFnet8 allows SURFnet to continue to provide a highly advanced network to its associated organisations in the near and more distant future. The RFPs describe what the new SURFnet8 network will look like.
In recognition of their significant contributions to research and education networking over many years, GÉANT awarded the 2016 Community Awards to John Dyer, Scott Cantor and Stanislav Šima, during the opening plenary session of this year's networking conference, TNC16. GÉANT honours people who have contributed significant ideas, time and expertise to the development of the research and education networking community's collaborative achievements and recognises that these contributions are often provided voluntarily and through the good will of employer organisations.
A lively debate led by internet pioneer Kees Neggers and GÉANT CEO Steve Cotter marked the start of this year's networking conference, TNC16. With day one of the conference coinciding with the 30 year anniversary of formal collaboration between national research and education network organisations (NRENs) in Europe, the opening plenary discussion encouraged community comment on what lessons from our past history can help shape our shared future.
Monday 13 June is the 30th birthday of the formal collaboration between research and education networking organisations in Europe. The association that is now known as GÉANT started its life as RARE (Réseaux Associés pour la Recherche Européenne) on 13 June 1986, when a handful of people signed legal documents to establish the organisation. Three decades on, the concept of research and education networking has gained ground around the world and the collaborative opportunities have grown with it. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed their time, ideas and expertise!
Corsa Technology, the leader in performance SDN switching, and GÉANT have announced the next major step forward towards production multi-layer SDN networking. Using the Corsa DP2000 series, a new open programmable switching and routing platform that delivers 10G and 100G subscriber-level networking, GÉANT is now able to demonstrate an at-scale multi-layer SDN controlled network.
Organised every two years since 1995 in a large French city, the JRES (Journées Réseaux de l’Enseignement et de la Recherche, Education and Research networking days) consist of four days of conferences and an exhibition dedicated to main ICT suppliers of our education and research community. The JRES are under the patronage of the French ministry in for Education, Higher Education and Research.