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eInfrastructure under the Irish

T wo important meetings on topics related to infrastructures were organized under the aegis of the Irish Presidency of the EU and in collaboration with the European Commission. One was an open workshop on Internet and Grids and the other was the 2nd meeting of the eInfrastructure Reflection Group (eIRG).

The open workshop entitled eInfrastructures (Internet and Grids) – The new foundation for knowledge-based Societies took place on 15 April. Detailed presentations and discussions revolved around a number of topics including:

  • International Grid infrastructure policies, with presentations from
    • USA – Mary Spada,
    • Canada – Bill St. Arnaud and
    • Japan – Satoshi Sekiguchi
  • EU supported eInfrastructure Project initiatives (EGEE, DEISA, SEEGRID, Geant2)
  • Irish eInfrastructure project initiatives (CosmoGrid, MarineGrid, WebCom-G)
  • Funding, sharing, and usage policy issues with a particular focus on those related to Authentication and Authorisation
The very same day, Trinity College invited Dr.Fabrizio Gagliardi to make a Public Lecture on the topic of Grid infrastructures, with some focus on EGEE. This Public Lecture was attended by more than 200 people.

The day after, on the 16th of April, the eInfrastructure Reflection Group (eIRG) met for the second time. The Terms of Reference of this group, composed of Ministerially-appointed members, were approved in Rome during the first meeting of the group, with the main objective of the eIRG being -

"to support on the political, advisory and monitoring level, the creation of a policy and administrative framework for the easy and cost-effective shared use of electronic resources in Europe (focusing on Grid-computing, data storage, and networking resources) across technological, administrative and national domains."
Two important aspects discussed by the eIRG concerned the EU Grid Policy Management Authority introduced by Dr David Kelsey, and TACAR - the TERENA Academic Certificate Authority Repository introduced by Dr Diego Lopez.

The eIRG noted the timely operation of the EUGridPMA in conjunction with the TACAR CA Repository, expressed its satisfaction for a European initiative that serves eScience Grid projects and endorsed the principle of the EUGridPMA and TACAR. The eIRG welcomed this development which positions Europe in the forefront of Grid and eScience interoperability. The eIRG strongly encouraged the EUGridPMA/TACAR to continue their valuable work and recommended that they be supported by the relevant EU/national projects and agencies.

Another important point of reflection related to the White Paper on eInfrastructures . UPDATE

The Dutch delegation announced that the next meeting of the group would take place on November 18 and 19 in Holland, under the aegis of the Dutch Presidency. The event will take place the day after the IST 2004 Conference.

B its & P ieces

I ncreasing capacity for GEANT

During February and March, the GEANT infrastructure was further enhanced by upgrading connectivity to Slovenia and Croatia. In total 3 new 2.5 Gbps links have been implemented and a further link was upgraded to 10 Gbps. This brings the total communication capacity of GEANT beyond 200 Gbps. Thus, GEANT is delivering on the vision set out at the Council in Lisbon asking for hundreds of Gigabits per second connectivity for research and education.

P resentations available

Presentations form the workshop A Fully Networked User Environment over IPv6 held in Brussels on 2 April are now available from the web site.

In addition a full report of the Global IPv6 Service Launch Event held in January is available from the URL:

A ustrian IPv6 Task Force kicks off in blaze of publicity

Austria staged a very successful colloquium on IPv6 on 31 March, which attracted a lot of media attention. Telekom Austria is a key supporter of the new protocol - (in German).

T he Future of the Internet

May 18 and 19 will see an international conference ( 6NET 2004 Conference and Eurov6 Showcase ) take place in Brussels, addressing the future of the Internet; its protocols, its technologies, its operational aspects and its new applications in the business and home environments.

All topics will be presented by high-level speakers, and a technical exhibition with demonstrations will be organised.

The first day is intended to cover more technical topics, while the second one is aimed at a wider audience.


Europe's Information Society Portal

A new thematic web portal has just been launched on Europa: it provides a user-friendly and easily accessible presentation of the Information Society, grouped under 7 broad themes. The policies and activities currently being pursued by the European Commission are also clearly presented and re-grouped under their own menus, to ease the navigation of more frequent visitors, familiar with the site. For its launch, the Information Society Portal has been published only in English, but in the coming months, the more general higher levels of content addressed to the interested public, will be presented in all 20 Community languages. Europe's Information Society Portal is the pilot for Europa 2nd Generation and is part of the Commission's reforms. The new Europa modernises the presence of all EU Institutions on the Internet, and enhances their levels interactivity with a wider audience. All subjects addressed by the European Commission are to be presented thematically, and totally independently of the structure of Directorates General undertaking the work.


Customer Empowered Fibre Networks

A Workshop on Customer Empowered Fibre (CEF) Networks will take place in Prague 6 (near the CESNET premises), starting on May 25th, 2004 at 13:00 and finishing on May 26th, 2004 at 15:00.

Participation at this workshop is open for Research and Education Networks (REN) staff up to limit given by logistical constraints and there is no registration fee.

Participants with relevant information on CEF-networks projects, deployment and experience are most welcome to request a presentation slot of 20 minutes (30 minutes including discussion) by sending an e-mail containing name of author(s), title of presentation, and 5-11 line abstract to Stanislav Sima before April 30 2004 Presentations should address some of the following topics:

  • Information concerning dark fibre deployment or at least procurement in NREN (whether planned, contracted, delivered, or in service)
  • Experimental dark fibre deployment in NRENs
  • How to achieve National fibre footprint, if it is possible and effective
  • Connection of NREN PoPs Near over Border (NoB) by dark fibre
  • Experience with long distance dark fibres for NRENs

  • Design kit of transmission equipment and solution for CEF-design
  • Experience with operational lines, results from line testing or links to information on emerging transmission technology
  • Recommended next steps for CEF-development
  • Government support to overcome monopoly or dominant position of fibre owner
  • Co-operation of municipalities, local education authorities, health institutions and regional authorities with RENs or universities in CEF-design and deployment
  • Right of way, ducts, cables, fibres, waves
  • Owning, IRU (available only in some countries), fibre lease, installation fee
  • Experience with dark fibre procurement
  • Local experience with operation and maintenance, before country-wide procurement
  • National fibre footprint as a basis of CEF network
  • Next step of transmission system in 'bottom-up' CEF network design
  • Advanced transmission systems for long-distance fibre lines
  • Feasibility of PC WAN CEF networks
  • Design of customer transmission equipment for CEF-networks with optical modules and/or programmable hardware
  • Equipment for all-optical networks
  • Foreseeable future in CEF-networks
  • Other topics important for CEF-networks design and deployment


6WIND makes its effect felt on Moonv6

P ress Release - Paris, 22 March, 2004.

6WIND chalked up another milestone for its IPv6 defence-related expertise with the successful completion of the Next-Generation Internet testing project. Known as Moonv6 , the project, which is backed by the U.S. Department of Defense and hosted at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), terminated its second phase on March 19, 2004. It verified that the new Internet protocol, IPv6, will be able to run applications with a high degree of stability and security over complex distributed networks.

6WIND’s participation from the launch of this test project has been to contribute to the seamless interoperability of Moonv6’s complex large-scale network architectures. Its flagship product suite, the 6WINDGate TM , enabled stable and secure inter-connectivity with other major IP networking hardware and software. Phase two of the test project focused on network routing protocols, applications, security and transition mechanisms. Moonv6 is ultimately expected to launch a native IPv6 backbone available for peering from anywhere in the world.

The wheels have been set in motion for IPv6, and it’s vital that the industry has at its disposal a neutral proving ground for interoperability and conformance testing, said Ben Schultz, the managing engineer in charge of the Moonv6 project at the UNH-IOL.

The Moonv6 efforts in North America mirrors the global mobilization around IPv6, particularly in Europe with the NATO INSC project that involves 8 countries and multiple vendors. 6WIND is proud to participate in both projects, enriching further the company’s strong experience and background in the defense sector, stated Patrick Cocquet, Vice-President of the IPv6 Forum and Chairman of 6WIND.

6WIND’s successful participation in Moonv6 consolidates the company’s leadership role in advanced IP networking standards and commitment to all major IPv6 projects around the world, including Euro6IX in Europe and 6Tnet/CNGN in China. It also reaffirms the highly proven maturity and reliability of its technology that recently received the IPv6-Ready logo certification from the IPv6 Forum and the European IST Prize for ground-breaking technologies.


Workshop on Traffic Monitoring

T he SCAMPI project is organising a workshop on Internet traffic monitoring to coincide with RIPE 48. This open event will be held on Monday, 3 May 2004 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The workshop aims to provide an overview of high-speed network monitoring activities, considering both hardware and software solutions. It will not only provide an insight to the SCAMPI project, but will present a variety of approaches to the problem of high-performance traffic monitoring.

SCAMPI is a two-and-a-half-year European project (IST-2001-32404) to develop a scaleable monitoring platform for the Internet. It also aims to promote the use of monitoring tools for improving services and technology.

The project is developing a network adapter, initially at 10 Gbps speeds, tailored to the needs of monitoring tools. This includes development of an open and extensible monitoring architecture to support a secure and programmable shared monitoring infrastructure. It is also investigating the technical challenges of developing monitoring systems for 100 Gbps speeds and beyond.


International Telecommunications Society Conference

T he 15th International Telecommunications Society (ITS) Biennial Conference will take place on September 5-7, 2004 in Berlin, Germany (in association with the 31st EARIE Conference September 2-5, 2004)

ITS is a long-standing, independent, non-profit association of professionals (academics and practitioners in operating companies, consultancies, government agencies) with an interest in the growing field of telecommunication planning, policy formulation and economic decision analyses.

In line with the long traditions of ITS Biennials, the Berlin conference will consist mainly of parallel sessions of contributed submissions and a few invited plenary sessions by recognised scientists and policy makers in the field. Research papers will be presented on the following areas:

  • Regulation and Public Policy
  • Competition and Emerging Market Structure
  • Innovation, Investments and Regulation
  • Management and Business Strategy
  • Internationalisation and Regional Issues
  • Infrastructure and Services
  • Convergence, Technology and Innovation
  • Internet and E-Business
  • Mobile Services
  • Information Society Issues
  • Macroeconomic Aspects of the Telecommunications Sector
  • Harnessing ICT to sectoral development
  • Broadcasting in the digital age

This broad set of sub themes reflects the diversity of impacts of information and communication technologies and policies on industries, individuals, societies and economies in line with the conference theme. Proposals are also invited on related topics. There will be a variety of formats, including panels, individual papers and survey articles etc. Names and email addresses of the theme coordinators and further information can be found under each topic from .

Information on previous conferences and other ITS events may be found from: and .


News from IST Projects

Testing transnational networked cooperation
Using next generation Internet technologies, MOICANE has created and tested an IP-QoS pilot that offers a virtual lab environment of 'networked collaboratories', where research institutes, universities, manufacturers and service providers can collaborate, and remotely share applications, knowledge, infrastructure and devices.

Breakthrough in advanced photonics manufacturing
The need for advanced highly integrated photonic circuits stems from the capacity expansion of telecommunications infrastructures driven by ever-increasing customer demand. Novel design and manufacturing technologies for advanced photonic circuits emerging from PICCO could meet this need.

Record-breaking tuning lasers lead to better data flow
A novel two-chip approach for fabricating tunable lasers using a micro-machined mirror membrane was developed by IST project TUNVIC. Such lasers allow the free selection of a wavelength out of a wide range that will ultimately lead to an increase in flexibility of future optical networks.

Swift surfing over power sockets
Fast Internet connections are all the rage, mostly over DSL and cable modems. But a little-known competitor - a technology that promises speeds up to 200 megabits per second over existing electrical infrastructure - is jostling for a place in this lucrative market.

Food for Thought

For the Diary



Feb 29 - 5 59th IETF Meeting Seoul , Korea


9 - 10 First FP6 concertation meeting on Communication and Network technologies Brussels , Belgium


9 - 13 The 10th meeting of the Global Grid Forum Berlin , Germany


18 - 24 CeBIT 2004 Hannover , Germany


24 - 26 EuroIndia 2004 New Delhi , India


30 - 31 The European Tech Investment Forum London , UK


2 Workshop - A fully networked user environment based on IPv6 Brussels , Belgium


12 - 14 Global IPv6 Summit, China Beijing , China


15 Open workshop, eInfrastructures (Internet and Grids) – The new foundation for knowledge-based Societies Dublin , Ireland


16 Meeting of the eInfrastructure Reflection Group (eIRG) Dublin , Ireland


25 - 28 The Europe of Knowledge 2020: A Vision for University-based Research and Innovation Liège , Belgium


26 - 30 Photonics Europe 2004 conference Strasbourg , France


3 2nd SCAMPI Internet traffic monitoring workshop Amsterdam , Netherlands


10 - 11 FP7 Exploratory Workshop on knowledge eInfrastructures for researchers Brussels , Belgium


18 - 19 6NET 2004 Conference and Eurov6 Showcase Brussels , Belgium


20 - 21 Trans-Eurasia Information Network Phase2 (TEIN2) 1st Technical Meeting Kula Lumpur , Malaysia


25 - 26 Workshop on Customer Empowered Fibre (CEF) Networks Prague , Czech Republic


2 - 4 OPTIMIST/EPIC/COST joint workshops Athens , Greece


3 Swiss IPv6 Summit 2004 Zurich , Switzerland


3 - 4 16e Forum ORAP "Spécial 10 ans" - Organisation Associative du Paralellisme Paris , France


7 - 10 TERENA Networking Conference 2004 Rhodes , Greece

Smart Home



14 - 17 US Global IPv6 SUMMIT Santa Monica, CA , USA


27 - 30 IST Mobile and Wireless Communications Summit 2004 Lyon , France


28 - 1 July 9th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications - ISCC 2004 Alexandria, Egypt


29 - 1 July 9th European Conference on Networks & Optical Communications Eindhoven, Netherlands


29 - 1 July German IPv6 Summit Bonn , Germany


1 Netherlands to take presidency of the European Council


2 - 7 18th Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) Meeting Cairns , Australia


4 - 6 Global IPv6 Summit Korea 2004 Seoul, Korea


12 - 16 OECC/COIN 2004 - 9th OptoElectronics and Communications Conference, 3rd International Conference on Optical Internet Yokohama , JAPAN

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