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IPv6, Grids

The Meeting of Ways

A recent press release (February 10) in Luxembourg has given publicity to the liaison between the Global Grid Forum and the IPv6 Forum which promises to drive new-generation applications deployment world-wide.

The press release relates the fact that the Global Grid Forum and the IPv6 Forum have joined forces to promote each other essential technologies in deploying IPv6 and GRID-based applications and architecture concepts around the world. The press release goes on to say that Forum members jointly stand to benefit from this awareness and dissemination initiative in sharing essential knowledge in their key events and in seeking and designing joint research projects on a worldwide basis.

As Charlie Catlett, Chair of the Global Grid Forum ( http://www.gridforum.org/ ), states, "The Grid environment needs open, transparent and secure transport technologies underneath to be successful. We believe that IPv6 is such a technology and we are excited to work with the IPv6 Forum to promote our respective technologies to the community."

The collaboration is further emphasised by Latif LADID, Chair IPv6TF, Internet Society Trustee and President of the IPv6 Forum ( http://www.ipv6forum.com/ ), who states, "IPv6 is good for GRID and GRID is good for IPv6. This is a historical moment for two new technologies to embrace each other and ignite the largest-scale of the peer-to-peer model technologies By considering IPv6 as an essential element in scaling the Grid technology, GRID will be armed for the future for innovation and invention of next generation applications not even imagined today."

B its & P ieces

C ommission urges Europe to move to Broadband

T he European Union must accelerate the changeover to broadband services and third generation mobile communications, according to a new European Commission Communication on the state of the electronic communications sector. The report identifies broadband and "3G" as the main drivers of the sector. Commissioner Liikanen elaborated "Today, the Commission has invited all Member States to commit themselves to a comprehensive broadband strategy by the end of 2003".

The 'Broadband Day' event organised by the Directorate General for Information Society aimed at identifying bottlenecks to broadband deployment with a view to clarifying the role of public policy in this context proved highly successful.

The European Commission has also proposed the creation of a Network Security Agency to boost Cyber Security in Europe. The objective of the Agency will be to serve as a centre of competence where both Member States and EU Institutions can seek advice on matters relating to cyber security.

IPv6 Summit in Japan

P resentations from the annual IPv6 summit that took place in Japan in December 2002 are now available at http://www.jp.ipv6forum.com/en/conference.html

C ommissioner visits CERN

C ommissioner Erkki Liikanen visited CERN on the 21st February, where he had the opportunity to visit the CMS experiment and see directly the Grids-related work carried out by CERN (namely in the context of the EU-supported DataGrid and DataTag projects and the internal LHC Grid project).

N ews . . . News . . . News . . .

NRENs

EUMEDconnect - Call for tender

T he connectivity tender for the second phase of the EUMEDconnect project, the pioneering initiative to deploy a research network backbone for the Mediterranean region, within EUMEDIS (Euro-MEDiterranean Information Society) is now open.

The main objective of EUMEDconnect is to establish a research and education network backbone linking the National Research and Education Networks of the Mediterranean partner countries and to link this infrastructure with GEANT.

It is also intended that this infrastructure will provide the underlying communications layer to be used by applications of pilot projects funded through the EUMEDIS Programme. To facilitate the interaction between the EUMEDIS pilot projects and EUMEDconnect, a meeting is planned on 21st March, during which EUMEDconnect will be able to learn the communications requirements of the pilots and also to discuss the services that they in turn will be to offer the pilots.

Links:
EUMEDconnect on Cordis
EUMEDconnect publications
EUMEDconnect website

NRENs

Latin American NREN Support

T he Cooperación LatinoAmericana de Redes Avanzadas (Co-operation of Latin American Advanced Networks, or CLARA, for short) will soon be established as a non-profit association in Montevideo, Uruguay. Its long-term objective is to create an organisation that will support Latin American National Research and Education Networks (NREN) in order to foster co-operation on scientific and technological development and also to plan and implement network services allowing regional interconnectivity.

CLARA is likely to have associated at least 16 organisations representing the education, scientific and/or research network communities of the  Latin-American and Caribbean countries.

CLARA is expected to participate as a partner in a project under the @LIS Programme Activity 4 (Interconnection). This project aims to promote research collaboration between the European and Latin American regions through the establishment of a Latin-American research network backbone which will interconnect with GEANT.

Related information: http://www.dante.net/caesar/

Grids

A Important Milestone for DataGrid

T hanks to its achievements in 2002, the European DataGrid project (EDG) successfully passed its second year review at the beginning of February (see photo ).

Led by CERN together with 20 other scientific and industrial partners, and with 9.8 million euros of EU funding, the DataGrid project objective is to build a computational and data-intensive European grid infrastructure, thus providing scientists with an unprecedented computing and data management tool.

A series of successively more sophisticated and reliable versions of Grid middleware, the software that enables computers to work together in a transparent manner, has been deployed on a production style testbed covering major European sites. The three application groups designated to test the system - high energy physics, earth observations and bioinformatics - have been given access to the testbed and have started to test their applications and explore the system's various possibilities. Their feedback has been used to improve the software and define the priorities for the development work.

Within the physics application group, task forces for the ATLAS and CMS experiments were set up to determine whether the existing system could be used at production level. This work allowed improvements to be identified and will serve as a basis for the LHC Computing Grid (LCG).

Thanks to the collaboration with DANTE and EU DataTAG projects, the testbed sites have been linked by high-speed networks, enabling the project to face the users needs and perform advanced networking functionality investigations.

To make such a prototype grid a working reality, the EDG team began to deliver a series of training sessions, which were held last year in seven European cities, teaching the approximately 200 users who attended how to connect up to and use the testbed.

The project is now ready to get on with its third and last year, which foresees an extension of the testbed to more sites and a new major release of the middleware software, intended to provide new functionality and higher levels of reliability and scalability.

Grids

The End of a Call

P lease note that the call Research Infrastructures b.1 is due to close on 6th May, 2003 at 17:00 Brussels time. The deadline for calls in FP6 will be very strictly observed and even such extenuating circumstances as post-office/airport strikes/closures, will not be considered as valid excuses; the philosophy being that these sorts of events do sometimes happen and therefore should be allowed for in the contingency plans of submitting a proposal. Please note that proposals delivered on paper should be delivered to the addresses as specified in Article 6 of the call text .

Proposals delivered to any other place by the time of the call deadline will be excluded from evaluation as ineligible proposals.

IPv6

A LONG Ending

T he project LONG (Laboratories Over Next Generation Networks) ended successfully at the end of January 2003. The project which started in January 2000 has provided a number of interesting results concerning the porting of applications to IPv6. The main objectives of LONG were:
  • To deploy a Next Generation testbed
  • To adapt and validate a representative set of applications to Next Generation Network scenarios
  • To perform various trials and experiments
  • To develop guidelines for migration of networks and applications
Published documents, guidelines (e.g. Key issues in porting applications from IPv4 to IPv6 and Porting applications to IPv6 HowTo ) as well as software and other projects deliverables are available on the LONG Web site: http://long.ccaba.upc.es/welcome.php

Testbeds

Research Infrastructure takes to the air waves

T he units "Research Infrastructure" and "Communication and Network Technologies" are organising a joint one-day workshop on the subject of Interconnecting Heterogeneous Wireless Networks on 26th March.

The aim of the workshop is to address the issues which must be tackled in order to enable a seamless integration of networks such that the user need not be aware of the underlying network to which s(he) is attached, as well as to provide the opportunity for those involved in the different aspects of the work to meet and explore potential synergies.

It is envisaged that the issues raised at the workshop could form the basis of possible projects to be funded under the 6th Framework Programme in the Strategic Objective - Research Networking Testbeds.

The proceedings of the workshop together with summaries of relevant testbeds/testbed integration experiments which delegates have been encouraged to submit will be made available on the Research Infrastructure unit's website after the workshop.


Food for Thought


For the Diary

February

IPv6

3 IPv6-FP6 Information Day Brussels , Belgium

Networks

5 Workshop on NREN models organised by SERENATE Noordwijkerhout , Netherlands

Networks

13 - 14 Meeting of the European Network Policy Group Dublin , Ireland

Grids

13 - 14 The First European Across Grids Conference Compostela , Spain

Networks

19 SEEREN First Training Workshop Thessaloniki , Greece

Mobile

27 - 28 Mobile Services and Applications Concertation Meeting Brussels , Belgium
March

Grids

4 - 7 The 7th Global Grid Forum - Grids Around the World Tokyo , Japan

Networks

24 Meeting of European NRENs and the European Commission Brussels , Belgium

Grids

25 Grids FP6 Information Day Brussels , Belgium

Testbeds

26 Interconnecting Heterogeneous Wireless Testbeds Brussels , Belgium

Networks

31 - 3 Apr 8th International Conference on Intelligence in Next Generation Networks Bordeaux , France
April

Networks

2 - 6 Academic and Research Networking in Ukraine: Present State and Future Developments Kiev , Ukraine

EUMEDIS

14 - 16 EUMEDconnect project and technical meetings Athens , Greece

IPv6

24 Swiss IPv6 Task Force meeting Zurich , Switzerland

IPv6

30 European IPv6 Task Force meeting Berlin , Germany
May

Grids

6 Close of Call: Research Infrastructures b.1 (Grids) - 17:00 hrs!!!!

GEANT

6 Opening of Call: Research Infrastructures b.2 (GEANT)

IPv6

12-14 Madrid 2003 Global IPv6 Summit Madrid , Spain

Networks

19-20 TERENA Networking Conference Zagreb , Croatia
Jun

EU

1 Italy to take presidency of the European Council

Networks

16 - 17 Serenate Final Workshop Bad Nauheim , Germany

Grids

17 1st International Workshop on Middleware for Grid Computing Rio de Janeiro , Brasil

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