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1 October 2013
TF-NOC renews activities with new approach
PSNC NOC personnel showing network visualisation screens at the TF-NOC meeting in Poznan in December 2012.

The TERENA Task Force on Network Operation Centres, TF-NOC, will continue activities in new 'lightweight' form led by a newly created Steering Committee rather than a Chair. The new terms of reference were approved by the TERENA Technical Committee on 19 September, allowing TF-NOC to run in this new form until March 2015.

Under the new structure, formal work items, deliverables and deadlines have been replaced with periodical reporting and assessments of activities and overall progress. Specialised TERENA support tailored to the needs of the task force may be requested by the Steering Committee.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee consists of four representatives who share responsibility for the task force activities:

  • Maria Isabel Gandia (CESCA)
  • Pieter Hanssens (Belnet)
  • Jonny Lundin (NORDUnet)
  • Brian Nisbet (HEAnet)

Activities

The main topics covered by TF-NOC will include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration between NOC leading staff members as well as network engineers involved in the integration and optimisation of NOC tools and processes in order to foster the development and improvement of NOCs, primarily within the research and education networking community.
  • Explore and gain an understanding of the taxonomy of NOCs, collecting information, discussing how to enhance practices and document this for future reference.
  • Offer a forum for exchanging and promoting ideas, experience and knowledge on NOC tools, functions, workflows, procedures and best practices, making communication easier.
  • Facilitate the inter-NOC discussions in case of multi-domain services.
  • Liaise with other communities such as GN3plus-APM, GN3plus-JRA1/2, and EGI.eu.
  • Foster face-to-face and online meetings, providing a breeding ground to discuss, elaborate and disseminate early thoughts, brought in by members of the research and education community that can evolve into projects or services.

Further information

The new terms of reference and more information about the task force can be found on the TF-NOC webpages.