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Call for evaluators and reviewers continuously open

Experts may register themselves at any time as candidates for evaluators and/or reviewers of projects in the EC 6th Framework Programme. Individuals with expert knowledge/experience in one or more of the relevant fields addressed by the various Strategic Objectives are constantly in demand. The site for registering may be found here .

ALICE update

The summary of the ALICE info event as well as the presentation given and the new ALICE brochure are now available from .

ITU on IPv6

The ITU has a web page devoted to IPv6 on which it publishes a number of interesting and pertinent articles. See .

IPv6 down under - geographically speaking

The Australian Defence Force is likely to follow the US Department of Defence's lead and adopt the new internet protocol, IPv6, according to a recent article .

SURFnet edges up

On 23 June the Dutch National Research and Education Network (NREN) - SURFnet - upgraded their bandwidth connectivity to GEANT to 10 Gbps. SURFnet together with GARR lead the new wave of NRENs upgrading their access capacity to GEANT to 10 Gbps. By the end of this year it is expected that a substantial number of NRENs will be connected to GEANT at 10 Gbps. This demonstrates how the advanced capabilities of GEANT are now becoming directly available at the national level as well.

Russia in the loop

On 28 July a direct connection between Russia (RUNet on behalf of the Russian research community) and GEANT was established connecting the PoPs in Moscow and Stockholm. This new link has to be seen as part of an integrated solution that also includes a link between St. Petersburg and Helsinki connecting NORDUnet with RUNet in the framework of the Nordic eDimension Action Plan (NeDAP). This link is also supported by the European TACIS Programme. Moreover, these two international links are connected to each other via an internal connection between St. Petersburg and Moscow completing the loop.

Testing Times for IPv6

With the cooperation of Consulintel and the IPv6 Task Force Steering Committee, ETSI has published the Pre-normative Study for IPv6 Testing Technical Report.

The main objective of this document is to investigate the need for and the scope of conformance and interoperability test specifications to support the European Commission's IPv6 deployment goals, the IPv6 Forum's "IPv6 Ready" certification programme and ETSI's own needs for IPv6 testing (including 3GPP).

Update on the EU eInfrastructures initiative workshop

The final version of the The EU eInfrastructures initiative workshop report is now available . In addition, the presentations are also now available from the web site.


Keeping an eye on IPv6 standardisation

T he IPv6 Cluster project every four months publishes an excellent summary of the status of standardisation of IPv6 related to various topics (such as DNS, Multi-homing, Mobility, QoS, etc.). The reports are available from the 6Link web site: . Click under Downloads and then IPv6 Standardisation Reports .

The next report is due this month and will be based on the proceedings of the IETF meeting held recently in Vienna.

All EC-funded IPv6-related projects are strongly encouraged to keep the IPv6 Cluster informed of standardisation work addressed within the projects.

The IPv6 Cluster project manager is Matthew Ford.


IPv6 Cluster publishes new booklet

T he latest IPv6 Cluster publication, Moving to IPv6 in Europe , is now available on-line in PDF format from the IPv6 cluster website . This publication provides an overview of European R&D activities in the IPv6 area, focusing on projects, networks, trials and applications developed and demonstrated in the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme .

This overview has been edited by the IST project 6LINK based on inputs from 6LINK partners and from many external contributors, including representatives of the European Commission, other IST projects and other companies and research institutions.

The following topics are specifically addressed:

  • Overview of the IST Work Programme and its relation to IPv6;
  • Deployment issues related to IPv6 technology:
    • IPv6 Plug and Play
    • Multicast
    • Mobility
    • Security
    • Performance and Conformance
  • Description of IPv6 applications and services, and;
  • Research networks

The publication concludes with some interesting interviews with key players in the IPv6 industry.


Addition of Grid to Hungary resources

S ince 1 July 2003 a general-purpose and inexpensive Grid infrastructure, called ClusterGrid, has been available to the Hungarian academic and research community.

ClusterGrid has been developed and managed by NIIF/HUNGARNET, the Hungarian National Research and Education Network (NREN), within the frameworks of the National Information Infrastructure Development (NIIF) Program. NIIF/HUNGARNET is a member of the Hungarian Grid Competence Center.

ClusterGrid at present consists of as many as 550 compute nodes throughout the country. There are 13 universities, research sites, and public libraries involved in the project. The number of compute nodes will be increased up to 2000 by the end of 2004. Involvement of further academic and research partners is also foreseen.

A key principle of ClusterGrid is that the compute nodes and the nodes (service nodes, or grid-bone nodes) that are used for supporting the compute nodes, are functionally separated. All service nodes operate 24 hours a day to allow storing the pending jobs, and provide network file and other auxiliary services to the compute nodes which can themselves operate in a dual boot way.

During working hours, the machines associated in the Grid operate in a normal way, serving educational or research purposes, usually under Windows XP. Outside working hours the machines operate in grid mode, under Linux, forming part of a national private network segment, and are used for executing jobs of high computational demand. The nodes communicate over the NIIF/HUNGARNET backbone (a 2.5 Gbps network which is due to be upgraded soon to 10 Gbps). The ClusterGrid computing power is currently approaching the teraflop scale but will greatly exceed this in 2004.

During the first seven months of operation (six months of a pilot project phase and one month, July 2003, of production service) 9,450 jobs have been executed by exploiting the service provided by ClusterGrid.

Further information is available at:

Research Networking Testbeds

Information Day booked out

T he Information Day addressing the Strategic Objective Research Networking Testbeds , which is currently open for proposals in the second IST call, took place on 15 July, 2003. The event was booked out, exceeding the room capacity of about 100 people, and feed-back has so far been very positive. A number of participants were able to use the opportunity to present and discuss new ideas for possible proposals.


France Telecom offers worldwide native IPv6 transit

F rance Telecom says its IPv6 solutions will provide the means for ISPs looking for better, faster IPv6 to enable mobile and smart-home devices as well as applications like telephony and games.

The solutions have been specially designed to free Open Transit® Internet customers from long v6 tunnels built on low-dimension v4 infrastructure, and France Telecom is one of the first to provide native IPv6 worldwide with comprehensive value-added features.

Customers will be able to choose from three turnkey options:

  • Dual stack IPv6 from seven PoPs in New York, Tokyo, Paris (two available), Brussels, Frankfurt and London (with more to be added), letting customers benefit from v6 whilst optimizing existing IPv4 resources;
  • Native IPv6 from the same PoPs, for constant QoS at a range of speeds;
  • ‘Soft tunnel’ IPv6, accessible from 50 PoPs worldwide without additional equipment or infrastructure costs. This is an effective solution where the two options immediately above are not available.

France Telecom stresses that its IPv6 options represent a giant leap forward in terms of the quality available on the IPv6 transit market and that connecting players with its high-speed transit is going to be a real business booster.


IPv6 Pavilion at NetWorld+Interop 2003

Key3Media, 6WIND and RENATER will reconstruct last year's successful IPv6 pavilion for NetWorld+Interop 2003 , due to be held in November in Paris.

This leading European event, which this year will be the eleventh of its kind, for Internet, Networking and Telecoms will gather together approximately 40,000 qualified visitors, 400 exhibitors and key institutional players.

The French IPv6 Task Force will be a partner in the IPv6 Pavilion. Created in September 2002 at the initiative of 6WIND and supported by France’s Ministry of Research, the French IPv6 Task Force brings together participants representing industry, services, government, public associations and Universities, in order to promote the deployment of IPv6 networks and applications.

The IPv6 Pavilion will comprise an exhibition and a demonstration area and welcomes companies willing to demonstrate their IPv6 expertise. This year however, the emphasis will be placed on the products, services and solutions of IPv6 deployment. Live demonstrations linking up exhibitors' items of equipment will take place.

In addition, for the second year running, InteropNet - the broadband network of NetWold+Interop - will have a worldwide IPv6 connection.

N+I is a commercial event and so participation is not free of charge; however, joining the IPv6 Pavilion will provide a number of benefits, including:
  • Interop Directory: full page dedicated to the Pavilion and mentioning partners
  • Specific section on
  • Write up in the Interop Hot News, the Interop’scope and the Interop e-newsletter
  • Pavilion mentioned in the press kit and on the giant orientation map
  • 1 Executive Lounge Pass for each participating company
  • Visitors’ on-site appointment request file made available


IPv6 Testing Lab in Taiwan

T he National Information and Communications Initiative (NICI) is going to announce its IPv6 Standard and Interoperability Testing Lab (SITL) in Taiwan on August 12, 2003. The opening ceremony will be held at Chunghwa Telecommunication Laboratories, Taoyuan, Taiwan and Dr. Chin-Yen Tsay, Minister of State, the Executive Yuan and also the Head of the NICI IPv6 Steering Committee (IPv6 SC), and Dr. Hiroshi Esaki, Chairman of the IPv6 Ready Logo Program Committee, along with other leading industry vendors will be present.

As a non-profit organization, NICI was established by the government to boost Taiwan's international competitiveness in the global IT and Telecom industry. In order to promote the next generation Internet protocol, IPv6, and to facilitate the overall IPv6 development in Taiwan, the SC was formed by NICI on October 2001. The IPv6 Standard and Interoperability Testing Lab is one of the great achievements of the IPv6 SC in the past two years.

During the ceremony, NICI will sign three technique cooperation MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with TAHI, SPIRENT, and CISCO. At the same time, equipment vendors such as Askey, NEC Taiwan, and CISCO will participate in IPv6 testing in SITL. In addition, an IPv6 showroom MOU and an IPv6 R&D MOU are going to be signed at this event by the IPv6 Forum Taiwan, the IPv6 Promotion Council of Japan, the WIDE Project and NICI's IPv6 Steering Committee, R&D Division.

All these activities point to the fact that IPv6 in Taiwan is ready to take off.

Further information may be found under the following links:


International Conference on Computational Science

ICCS'2004 is the follow-up of the highly successful ICCS'2003 in St. Petersburg and Melbourne, ICCS'2002 in Amsterdam, and ICCS'2001 in San Francisco.

Interested parties are invited to submit relevant papers and/or proposals for workshops.

Additional information may be found under: .

The ICCS'2004 Proceedings will be published in Springer LNCS (on CD and/or in full print).

Food for Thought

For the Diary



1 Italy to take presidency of the European Council


2 - 4 Third Workshop on Applications and Services in Wireless Networks (ASWN 2003) Berne , Switzerland


3 The Second Annual European Internet Domain Name Summit Paris , France


15 Information Day on the Research Networking Testbeds Strategic Objective Brussels , Belgium


15 - 18 IST Mobile & Wireless Communications Summit 2003 Aveiro , Portugal


17 - 18 EUMEDCONNECT meeting Paris , France


24 - 27 EU-Latin America Summit addressing the issues of establishing a research network backbone in Latin America (ALICE) Lima , Peru


24 - 27 NORDUnet Networking Conference. Networks for research - research on networks Reykjavík , Iceland


7 - 9 Adanced Networking Workshop Varna , Bulgaria

IST 2003

15 Close of the "Call for Ideas” targeted to Networking activities for the IST 2003 event


22 - 26 4th IPv6 Interoperability event - ETSI Plugtests Service Brussels , Belgium


2 Close of GEANT call: - 17:00 hrs!!!!

IST 2003

2 - 4 IST 2003: The Opportunities Ahead Milan , Italy


10 Information Day on the Virtual Internet and Telecommunications Laboratory of Switzerland (VITELS) Bern , Switzerland


12 - 18 ITU Telecom World 2003 Geneva , Switzerland


15 Close of IST Call 2: - 17:00 hrs!!!!


22 - 23 Broadcast and Telecom Synergy/Convergence (BTSC) 2003 Symposium - Enriching Digital Radio & Television and Keeping UMTS’ Promises Metz , France


27 - 29 Cracow 3rd Grid Workshop Cracow , Poland


6 - 7 HEAnet National Networking Conference Kilkenny , Ireland


19 - 21 NetWorld+Interop 2003 Paris , France

Research Infrastructure

21 International Conference on Research Infrastructures: Centres of exchange, training and excellence for the European Research Area Trieste , Italy


2 - 5 Deploying IPv6 Networks Conference 2003 Paris , France


10 - 12 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Geneva , Switzerland

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