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Infrastructure Call Open

T he call (identifier: FP6-2004-Infrastructures-6 ) entitled Communication Network Development – eInfrastructure – Consolidating Initiatives is now open.

The indicative budget for the call is €25 million and is aimed at fostering the deployment of eInfrastructures and enhancing Europe’s position in this area, it is envisaged that proposals will address one or several of the following objectives:

  • Reinforce the user communities’ engagement (e.g. social sciences, humanities and education; astronomy; environment; earth observation, biomedicine etc).
  • Reinforce and stimulate eInfrastructure policies for science and engineering, and policy based management actions and tools (e.g. authentication, authorisation, ICT-resource sharing, security, registries/repositories of resources and policies etc).
  • Support international collaboration in the area of advanced communication technologies with a view to building bridges with eInfrastructure initiatives in other world regions (e.g. regions such as Latin America, Asia, the Balkans, etc).

Proposals may include specifically targeted initiatives for potential user communities, surveys, feasibility and demand analyses, actions to address policy based management, concertation activities, and path finding actions that identify and explore new areas for eInfrastructures.

The deadline for the call is: 17 March 2005 at 17h00 (Brussels local time)

The call was published in the Official Journal. Click here to view.

B its & P ieces

IST 2005-06 Work Programme

The IST 2005-06 Work Programme is available on Cordis.

IPv6 promotion plan

The IPv6 Forum and its 30 worldwide affiliates are embarking on a large-scale promotion plan for the reminder of 2004 and for 2005. A total of 18 IPv6 Summits will be held worldwide supported by the Forum's partners and and pioneers of IPv6. A total of 14,000 engineers will be trained worldwide.

Astronomers Demonstrate a Global Internet Telescope

European and US radio astronomers have demonstrated a new way of observing the Universe – through the Internet! http://www.geant.net/upload/pdf/eVLBI_AR.pdf .

C hange of Editor

The Research Infrastructure newsletter will undergo a change of editorship at the beginning of 2005. Whereas this should not change anything siginificantly, we would ask for your patience concerning any teething problems the change-over might occasion.

In the meantime we would like to wish all our readers a very happy and successful new year!

IST

IST Call4 Now Open!

T he IST Call 4 was published in the Official Journal C304 of Wednesday 8 December 2004 and is now open. Further information from: /fp6/dc/index.cfm"colSep"> The areas addressed within the call include applied IST research addressing major societal and economic challenges, communication, computing and software technologies, components and microsystems, knowledge and interface technologies, knowledge and interface technologies, IST future and emerging technologies.

The closing date of the call is 22 March 2005.

IST

IST 2004

C lose to 3000 registered participants showed up for the first day of this research showcase event, taking place in The Hague (The Netherlands) from 15 to 17 November. Opening speeches at the conference were made by Wilbert Stolte, deputy Mayor of the City of The Hague, Chris Buijnk, Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and by Fabio Colasanti, Director General of the Information Society DG of the European Commission. Other keynote speakers included Mrs. Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia, Mr. Mangena, South African Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Hendricks (Philips), Mr. Alahuhta (Nokia), Mr. Meric (HP Europe), Mr. Donofrio (IBM). Two of the key messages emerging from the first day's sessions were that the use of ICT is giving a competitive edge to all sectors of Europe's economy and that progressive strengthening of the EU single market can be traced back to collaboration in research. Visit the conference website for pictures of the event.

IST 2004

EU

EU supports first Latin American
research & education network

P ress Release - Brussels, 23 November 2004.

At the third Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) – European Union (EU) Ministerial Forum on the Information Society, held in Rio de Janeiro on 22-23 November 2004, Ministers and their representatives officially launched RedCLARA, the first Pan-Latin-American network for research and education. RedCLARA is directly connected to the Pan-European research network. It will therefore allow 600 university research institutions in Latin America to intensify cooperation with more than 3,500 institutions in Europe and many more around the world.

The European Commission was represented at the Ministerial Forum by Mr Fabio Colasanti, Director-General for Information Society and also by representatives from the External Relations, EuropeAid and Development services. Mr Colasanti stated:

The concrete steps we have taken today by launching a policy and regulatory dialogue, and by interconnecting our research and education networks, will further strengthen the fruitful relationship that the EU and LAC countries have been developing over these last years. The @LIS Programme and the research programmes of the European Commission will make a major contribution to developing an inclusive and cohesive Information and Knowledge Society in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

One of the highlights of this Forum was the official launch of the first pan-Latin-American network for research and education. This new network, known as RedCLARA and delivered by the ALICE (América Latina Interconectada Con Europa) initiative, is set to transform research collaboration and to deploy basic services such as health and education to the general public. RedCLARA also provides a direct connection to the Pan-European research network GEANT, using a dedicated high-speed internet link.

The direct link to Europe opens the way for researchers in Latin America to participate in European research projects, and will stimulate the development of Latin American expertise in important areas of scientific research such as high energy physics, astronomy and biomedicine. Researchers in the region can now work together on-line on joint initiatives, and take part in research projects worldwide, allowing them to play their full part in global research.

RedCLARA also opens the way for the use of modern technology to address basic requirements in the areas of health and education. An example of the social benefit of the network is demonstrated by one of the projects funded by @LIS, T@lemed, whose innovative use of networks delivers specialist medical equipment and advice to native populations in remote places such as the Amazonian region in Brazil. Data from medical procedures such as scans used in gynaecology or oncology is sent from the remote clinics where they are performed, to hospitals in large cities for analysis by specialists. Where a second opinion is required, T@lemed again uses the network to send the data to expert medical consultants in Europe. The results are rapidly processed and sent back to the local clinic, and any necessary follow-up treatment can be arranged without further delay.

The network RedCLARA and its interconnection are funded by the @LIS (Alliance for the Information Society) cooperation programme of the European Commission.

One of the EU’s priorities in Latin America is to help to narrow the digital divide throughout the region. To this end the European Commission has committed €63.5 million to @LIS, which is an EU co-operation programme with Latin America aimed at creating a long-term partnership between the two regions in the field of the Information Society.

Further information:
@LIS - http://ec.europa.eu/alis
IST research - /ist
Research networks - /ist/rn/home.html
RedCLARA - http://www.redclara.net
3rd LAC-EU Ministerial Information Society Forum - http://www.forumsocinfo.gov.br

TEIN

TEIN Upgrade

A s of December 1, 2004, the Korean-France link under tje Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) ASEM Initiative is upgraded to 155 Mbps from 45 Mbps. Unlike the previous 45 Mbps version of ATM service, the 155 Mbps by seamless IPLC (international private leased circuit) will directly link the two continents, Europe and Asia Pacific with sea-me-we3 (SMW3) submarine cable. The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC), and the Republic of Korea and Korea Information Strategy Development Institute (KISDI) recently announced that the upgrade of the Korean-France link, a backbone network of TEIN to 155 Mbps was successfully accomplished on November 30, 2004.

TEIN is one of the official ASEM Initiatives, endorsed at the third ASEM Summit, held in Seoul, Korea, October 2000. Since its initial launch in December 2001 with support of France and Korea, it has been enhanced as a core backbone of TEIN several times according to the demand from the two continents.

TEIN, famous for its thorough interconnection of Asia and Europe with no by-pass, has served as a platform for the up-to-date fields such as IPv6, Grid of next generation Internet technology, but also for the wide applications of digital cultural exchange, medical treatment information sharing, etc.

Further news available at: http://www.apiicc.org .

International

International Research Networking News

TENET link
The direct link between South Africa (TENET, serving all tertiary education institutes in South Africa) and GÉANT was inaugurated at the IST2004 Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands. The link was inaugurated by HE Minister Mosibudi Mangena.

Around the world in 180 Gigabytes
The laboratory of High Energy Physics at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (UERJ) transmitted around 180 gigabytes of data to Pittsburgh, USA. The data left a computer at UERJ and travelled a long way until they got to Pittsburgh, passing by at least four networks in Brazil, Europe and the United States: the Brazilian experimental Giga Project Network, the Latin American CLARA Network, the European GÉANT and the North American Abilene, part of the Internet2 project. This marked the highest ever achieved data transmission out of South America and was made possible by the efforts of the EU-funded ALICE project.

Announcement of Tender for TEIN2 Connectivity
On 29 November 2004, the European Commission approved Phase 2 of the TEIN2 project ( http://www.dante.net/tein2 ). The approval follows the EC's acceptance of the report prepared on the feasibility study conducted under the project's first phase.

Phase 2 will provide a high-speed network for research and education within Asia, and will connect that network to the pan-European infrastructure of GÉANT and the European national research and education networks.

The second phase is beginning with a connectivity tender process, and DANTE is pleased to announce the publication of the contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Commission. Expressions of interest to participate in this tender are invited up to 8 January 2005.

Links to the catalogue data, the full entry in the Official Journal and to a PDF file of the contract notice are available from the See Also box alongside.

Launch of GÉANT2 public website
DANTE is pleased to announce the launch of the GÉANT2 public website, now available at http://www.geant2.net . The overall objective for the public GÉANT2 website is to make the benefits and achievements of the GN2 project known to relevant target groups, including policy makers, user groups and other actors in and around the European research and education environment. The site aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the work that is being conducted within the project’s various activities, highlighting themes and initiatives that are particularly significant within GÉANT2 (for example, the approach to the provision of end-to-end quality of service).

IPv6

IPv6 on DSL: The Best Way to Develop Always-On Services

T he following is the abstract to a European IPv6 task Force paper written by Patrick Cocquet, 6WIND Chairman, and Steering Committee member of the European IPv6 Task Force. The full document can be dowloaded from the 6journal: http://www.6journal.org/archive/00000072/ .

The deployment of IPv6 has become an issue of strategic importance for many economies, and telecom operators and NSPs play a key role in ensuring the availability of this new protocol on broadband access networks.

It cannot be denied that the complexities exist in deploying IPv6 in an IPv4 world. Knowing this, telecom operators and network service providers (NSPs) have to ensure a viable transition strategy that takes into account transparent interoperability and mature integrated functionalities for deploying advanced applications on both IPv4 and IPv6.

This potent combination will enable operators and NSPs to exploit the richer services offered by IPv6 while interoperating IPv4 during this long transition period, creating a new business model that will generate return on investment without waiting for the whole world to be fully IPv6 deployed.

Only the use of IPv6 at the end-user site can drive differentiated services, achieving returns in not only investments, but also in services innovation and flexible communication solutions. So both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols have now to be implemented on digital subscriber line access networks. Solutions are mature and are beginning to be deployed.

IPv6

Security and Privacy with IPv6

  T he following is the abstract to a European IPv6 task Force paper written by Latif Ladid, President of the IPv6 Forum and Jimmy McGibney, John Ronan and Micheal O Foghlu from the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group of the Waterford Institute of Technology . The full document can be dowloaded from the 6journal: http://www.6journal.org/ .

The Internet today provides generic communication infrastructure for packet-based communications. Several edge networks that carry both business and non-business oriented traffic communicate with each other via this public infrastructure. This infrastructure is based on an agreed suite of protocols, generally denoted TCP/IP [RFC 791, RFC 793] in reference to the two most significant of these protocols.

Currently, version 4 of the Internet Protocol (known as IPv4) is the de facto standard for Internet connectivity. Internet standards emerged from research work in the United States, sponsored by DARPA, a US defense research agency. TCP/IP became popular in universities and was incorporated into the UNIX family of operating systems used in university computer science faculties. Over time TCP/IP became a world-wide network linking universities and research bodies, and became the foundation for the web.

With IPv4, there have been a variety of exploits on end and intermediate systems due to protocol design as well as implementation problems resulting in substantial loss of revenues. IPv4 has therefore been supplemented by the IPsec protocols to provide for security needs at the network layer. The new version of the Internet Protocol, IPv6 [RFC 2460], by contrast, has mandated support for IPsec as part of its basic design.

IPsec helps serve the data privacy and integrity needs of the data in transit across the Internet in addition to providing authenticity of the data's origin. Traditionally, the term security addresses requirements of privacy, authentication, integrity and availability of data and services. At the network layer, IPsec provides for the first three of these needs. Consequently, IPv6 provides for these requirements too.

The paper is divided into 6 sections.

  • Section 1 - Introduction
  • Section 2 - The case for the deployment of IPv6 as the key enabler for restoration of the end-to-end model and how this would, most likely, increase demand for new, innovative applications and services
  • Section 3 - Brief overview of the current position in the area of network security, so that IPv6 security issues can be understood in this context
  • Section 4 - Description of IPsec along with an overview of the current state of the IP protocol and the advantages IPv6 has to offer over IPv4, from a security perspective
  • Section 5 - Brief discussion of security aspects of IPv4-IPv6 coexistence
  • Section 6 - Conclusions

Grid

The Combination of IPv6 and Grid Systems

T he following is the abstract to a European IPv6 task Force paper written by Sheng Jiang, Piers O'Hanlon, and Peter Kirstein from the Department of Computer Science, University College London. The full document can be dowloaded from the 6journal: http://www.6journal.org/ .

This paper focuses on what is needed to be done to integrate IPv6 functionality into Grid systems. The status of global Grid IPv6 standardisation is introduced. We discuss the necessary transition consideration that should be given in heterogeneous IPv4/IPv6 networks. We then introduce the methodology and efforts we have used to provide IPv6 support on Grid systems, using the Globus Toolkit Version 3 as our concrete working example.

IST

News from IST Projects

From research to commercial success for Ethernet technology
There is no doubt that we have benefited from EC-funded research programmes , says Zvi Marom, the CEO of BATM, which recently announced an agreement to supply Ethernet products to Alcatel. The major deal is just one of many commercial successes for the Israel-based firm’s award-winning Ethernet technology.

Maximising the Internet’s hidden resources
Research has shown that many Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications function on the altruistic contributions of a small minority of peers, with the rest free riding . MMAPPS’ innovative system encourages peers to contribute without endangering the community.

EU

EU News

A technology initiative to establish a European leadership in software, service and system technologies
On the 14 December 2004, the 2nd Industry Forum on Software, Services and Systems will take place in Brussels. The event will be the follow up of the first Industry Forum which took place the 12 October, exploring industry priorities, needs and opportunities for establishing a European leadership in this sector. The first edition of the Forum, attended by 22 major organizations in Europe, established the need for a strong European initiative, and appointed a Core Group of companies to define the terms of such an initiative and to develop a Vision document. The companies that committed themselves to work in the Core Group are: Thales, Telefonica, Nokia, ObjectWeb Consortium, Symbian, Telecom Italia, coordinated by Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, Atos Origin and Siemens. During the second Forum edition, the Core Group will present the Vision document which will define goals, expected impact and roadmap of this initiative, and analyse both technical and non-technical issues to shape the program of the year 2015 of the Software Industry in Europe. Among key technical topics to be further investigated by the Core Group there is the definition of initiatives providing semantic support on integration of heterogeneous systems and for dynamic reconfiguration and trust. The role of open source and open platforms technologies as well as possible ways to increase software production and development in Europe will be addressed in the Vision Document.

Challenges for Europe’s Information Society beyond 2005: starting point for a new EU strategy
The European Commission’s view of the challenges that a European Information Society strategy up to 2010 needs to address are set out in a Commission communication adopted on 19 November 2004. This communication highlights the need to step up research and investment in information and communication technologies (ICT), and to promote their take-up throughout the economy. ICT should be more closely tailored to citizens’ needs and expectations, to enable them to participate more readily in socially fulfilling and culturally creative virtual communities. The challenges include social inclusion and citizenship, content and services, public services, skills and work, ICT as a key industry sector, interoperability of ICT networks and applications, trust and dependability and ICT for Enterprise Networking processes. This communication is the starting point of a reflection process that will lead to the adoption of a new strategy during 2005.

EU identifies top performers in industrial R&D
The top 500 companies in the EU invested a total of 100b euro in Research and Development during 2003. But investment in 2003 was lower than in 2002, and non-EU companies are investing more. These are the findings of the first EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, launched on 10 December 2004. The Scoreboard provides instructive, up to date comparisons between companies, sectors, and geographical areas, as well as a full picture of the competitive situation of EU firms in the global R&D environment.

Food for Thought

For the Diary

November

Security

3 - 5 The RSA® Conference, Europe 2004 Barcelona , Spain

NREN

11 - 12 HEAnet's National Networking Conference - Advanced networking, services and applications Limerick , Ireland

Photonics

12 2nd International Workshop Optical Control Planes for the Grid Community Pittsburgh , USA

Wireless

15 Wireless Telecommunications & Health Risks - Facts about potential health risks Grimbergen , Belgium

IST 2004

15 - 17 IST 2004 The Hague , Netherlands

IPv6

16 - 18 Global IP Exchange Tokyo , Japan

eInfrastructures

18 eInfrastructures policy initiative workshop The Hague , Netherlands

eInfrastructure

22 - 23 European Leadership in e-Science and Grids The Hague , Netherlands

EU

22 - 23 III LAC-EU Ministerial InfoSoc Forum Rio de Janeiro , Brasil

Grid

22 - 26 2nd EGEE Conference The Hague , Netherlands

IPv6

24 - 26 III Russian Global IPv6 Summit Moscow , Russia

IPv6

24 - 26 6NET IPv6 Network Management Tutorial #2 Budapest , Hungary

Networks

28 Globecom 2004 - GMPLS workshop Dallas , USA

Networks

29 - Dec 1 INTERWORKING - 2004: 7th International Symposium on Communications Interworking Ottowa , Canada
December

IPv6

7 European IPv6 Task Force Meeting Paris , France

Middleware

7 - 11 Australian Middleware Forum & Campus Architectural Middleware Planning (CAMP) Workshop Queensland , Australia

Photonics

8 - 10 Broadband Europe Conference Bruges , Belgium

Beyond 3G

9 - 10 1st Wireless World Initiative (WWI) Symposium Brussels , Belgium

Networks

9 - 10 Chinese-European Networking Symposium - Research Networks, Advanced Networks and Broadband Solutions Conference and Exhibition Shanghai , China

RI

15 FP6-2004-Infrastructures-6 call opens
January 2005

EU

1 Luxembourg to take presidency of the European Council

IPv6

24 - 28 6th IPv6 Interoperability Test Event Chiba , Japan
February

Photonics

2 - 3 FTTH Council conference - Europe at the Speed of Light Amsterdam , The Netherlands

Grid

14 - 16 European Grid Conference 2005 Amsterdam , The Netherlands

MPLS

15 - 18 MPLS World Conference '05 Paris , France
March

Photonics

6 - 11 OFC/NFOEC Conference 2005 Anaheim, CA , USA

RI

17 FP6-2004-Infrastructures-6 call closes (17:00 Brussels local time)
April
May

Networks

10 - 13 GARR Conference_05 - la rete daPERtutto ( the ubiquitous network ) Pisa , Italy

Please note that the contents of this newsletter do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the European Commission, except where explicitly stated