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European Leadership in e-Science and Grids

I n November 2004, a series of eInfrastructure related events will take place in The Hague under the aegis of the Dutch Presidency initiative: European Leadership in e-Science and Grids , which will include a workshop on e-infrastructure policies, a meeting of the eInfrastructures Reflection Group (eIRG), a Grid-concertation meeting led by the Grid-infrastructure European projects and project conferences of EGEE, DEISA, SEE-GRID and DILIGENT.

The main objective of the eInfrastructures policy workshop (18 November) and the eInfrastructures Reflection Group meeting (19 November) is to support the creation of a framework (political, technological and administrative) for the easy and cost-effective shared use of distributed electronic resources across Europe - particularly for grid computing, storage and networking. The eInfrastructures Reflection Group is a body of appointed delegates from the Research authorities of the European States that was established with a mandate to define and recommend policies and best practices for the shared use of electronic resources in Europe. The ideas and recommendations are described in a white paper that is augmented by each presidency.

Within the eInfrastructures policy initiative there is a strong focus on high-level policy, and the information required to define that policy rather than on technical detail. Current important issues are:

  • a policy for resource sharing
  • a registry/repository for European resources
  • coordination of new national and EU funding programs
  • better links and synergies between Europe and other regions (e.g. USA, Japan) engaged in similar activities
The current structure of the initiative (in terms of meetings organised, documents produced etc) is the following:
  • An eInfrastructures policy workshop that takes place twice a year and that is organised each time by the country that holds the EU Presidency for that semester in co-operation with the European Commission. The main objectives of this workshop are to promote and to create further awareness about the initiative in Europe and the world, to highlight each time new areas that need to be addressed in the context of the initiative and to prepare the ground for the discussions of the e-IRG on the following day.

  • An e-IRG meeting that takes place twice a year (on the following each time day of the eInfrastructures policy workshop) to define common policies and to provide recommendations on the shared use of electronic resources in Europe.
  • The preparations for the above meetings are done by a team, called the Support Team, consisting of experts from EU- and National-funded Grid and Networking infrastructure projects. The works of the above team are reflected each time in a document, that is called the White Paper, that functions as a preparatory document for the e-IRG meetings. Following after each event the conclusions of the eInfrastructure policy workshop and of the e-IRG meeting, the paper is augmented/modified accordingly.
The eInfrastructures Concertation meeting (22-23 November) is organised by the European Commission, in co-operation with the project EGEE (Enabling Grids for e-Science in Europe), and with the support of the Research Infrastructure projects DEISA, GN2 (GÉANT Network) and SEE-GRID.

The meeting has three main objectives:

  • to develop synergies between projects working in the same or a similar area (Grids and networking),
  • to support collective efforts (e.g. dissemination)
  • to improve and advance the service that the eInfrastructures projects (together with the Grid Research projects) can provide to the researchers, contributing to the provision of a better access of each researcher to the most advanced and best adapted ICT-Infrastructure.
In the context of the project conferences it is worthwhile mentioning, among others, the opening of the EGEE conference works (on 22 November) by Mrs. Maria van der Hoeven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science (The Netherlands) and by the new Director of DG INFSO-F, Ulf Dahlsten, and a policy workshop that is organised by SEE-GRID (on 24 November). The last aims at addressing issues related to establishing National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) in "greenfield" regions so that representatives of currently emerging NGIs who will attend will benefit from presentations/lectures and "round-table" Q&A sessions that will be given by experts who have already accumulated experience in advancing NGIs and shaping relevant policies.

More information on all above events (as well as links to indivdual initiatives) can be found on: .

B its & P ieces

IST 2004 IST 2004
The IST 2004 Research Infrastructure networking session is scheduled for Tuesday 16 Nov from 9.00-10.30 in Room 6.

See the full programme .

See the conference programme .

IPv6 Promtion Council of Japan publishes field trial

The IPv6 Promotion Council of Japan has recently published the results of its field trial to migrate from IPv4 to IPv6 .

S lides available

UK IPv6 Deployment Conference
IST IPv6 Cluster

FP7 Workshop Reports

Reports fom FP7 Exploratory Workshops in field of Emerging TEchnologies and Infrastrucures are now available at:

F uture European Research in ICT

The European Commission services responsible for the management of the Information Society Technologies (IST) thematic priority in the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (RTD) have drawn up a document as a starting point to explore the views of a broad set of interested parties on the future of European research in ICT. The document highlights the crucial role played by ICT in economy and society. It shows that RTD is key to mastering, assimilating and exploiting these technologies, and it proposes objectives and priorities for European ICT research. All interested parties are invited to comment on the future of European ICT research, and in particular on the issues addressed in the document. The Commission services will analyse the first set of comments starting from mid-November 2004.

M obile penetration catches up with fixed lines

The percentage of European households with at least one mobile telephone reached 81% in 2004. This puts mobile telephony on a par with households having at least one fixed telephone line. More information .

I nformation Society Portal on Europa

Europe's Information Society now has a portal on the European Union's Europa site. See

E uropean Commission signs contract with .eu Registry

The contract between the European Commission and EURid was signed on 12 October, enabling EURid - a consortium of Belgian, Italian and Swedish organizations - to set the .eu mechanism in motion and permit the registration of .eu domain names as soon as possible. More information .

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


SEE-GRID Policy Workshop -
A roadmap for establishing National Grid Initiatives

P ress Release - Athens, 14 October 2004.

World-class e-Infrastructure experts are invited to share their experience in setting up and running National Grid Initiatives.

The SEE-GRID project (South Eastern European GRid-enabled eInfrastructure Development), an initiative co-funded and carried out within the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme under Research Infrastructures, will run a Policy Workshop in Den Haag, NL, on Wednesday morning, November 24th, 2004, during the European leadership in e-science and grids .

The workshop will address issues related to establishing National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) in greenfield regions through presentations/lectures and round-table Q&A sessions that will be given by experts with accumulated experience in advancing NGIs and shaping relevant policies. The event is organized under the supervision of the SEE-GRID project, with the support and endorsement of the European Commission Information Society and Media Directorate- General Research Infrastructures Unit, and FP6 project EGEE.

The SEE-GRID Policy workshop is a unique opportunity to listen and exchange ideas with international Grid leaders about setting-up, developing, and sustaining National Grid Initiatives.

In order to confirm your participation, please go to , click on online registration form and then fill in the information as needed. Whatever the registration option of your choice (e.g. full week or per day), if you plan to attend the SEE-GRID workshop please make sure that you check the box Will attend SEE-GRID Policy Workshop (just below 24 November ) in order for the organizing committee to take into consideration venue logistics and ensure sufficient seat availability.

SEE-GRID Project Management Office:
Dr. Nikos Vogiatzis

Dr. Jorge-A. Sanchez-P.

Project background and Policy Workshop details
The SEE-GRID project aims to provide specific support actions to assist the participation of the SE European states to the pan-European and worldwide Grid initiatives by establishing a seamless and interoperable pilot-Grid infrastructure that will expand and support the European Research Area (ERA) in the region. The interconnection of the regional infrastructure to the pan-European and worldwide Grid initiatives will translate into benefits for the smaller, less-resourced sites in SE Europe to access computing power that would otherwise be unaffordable. In this perspective, the SEE-GRID initiative will ease the digital divide and release the scientific & productive talents of the region and will allow equal participation of the targeted countries in pan-European Grid efforts in the immediate future. The project involves representatives of the National Grid Initiatives of Albania, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia- Montenegro, and Turkey.

The upcoming Policy Workshop is planned to be a highly informative session to help provide input for formulating a roadmap for establishing NGIs in any greenfield region around the world, including the one of SE Europe which is of direct interest to the SEE-GRID project. Specifically, the desired outcome of the Policy Workshop should be:

  • to provide key members of NGIs with in-depth information about the structural and organizational strategies needed to build, sustain, maintain and develop a National Grid Initiative
  • to provide input to the agenda of national governments and funding bodies for the support of eScience
  • to raise awareness about the role of NGIs and their contribution to the research and education community, as well as to the national economy
  • to exchange success stories for the impact of NGIs to the progress of regional and/or global economies


IPv6 in Space

A half-day of presentations was held at the telecommunications department of the European Space Agency on "IPv6 over satellite" on 20 September 2004. It included the final presentation of a study by IABG (Germany) and a number of presentations from industry and academia that are working on this topic. Furthermore, a briefing on the use of IPv6 with ULE in an DVB-S/SCPC satellite network in the Virtual SILK Highway Project was given.

All presentations are now available on .

GÉANT extends East

O n 11 October the research and education community of Afghanistan connected to GÉANT via the NATO funded SILK project . Afghanistan joins the network infrastructure successfully established by SILK and supported by the EC-funded SPONGE . This satellite-based network interconnects the National Research and Education Networks in Afghanistan, Armenia , Azerbaijan , Georgia , Kazakhstan , Kyrgyzstan , Tajikistan , Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and also to the European backbone GÉANT.


NATO Science Programme upgrades Research & Education Network

A significant step towards easing the digital divide in South East Europe has been made with the recent upgrade of the Metropolitan Research & Education Network of Skopje, which further develops the R & E network of FYR of Macedonia. The Metropolitan Area Network (MANI-SKOMAN) is a project financed by the NATO Science Programme (Research Infrastructure support sub-programme) and supplements the EU-supported SEEREN initiative, under the coordination of the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET). See the press release .


Grid boost

A A €52 million package of twelve EU-funded research projects, that together aim to bring Grid networked computing out of research labs and into industry, has just been launched by the European Commission. By giving everyone access to the immense computing power and knowledge hitherto available only to the biggest corporations and laboratories, Grid tools will boost business competitiveness and help create new markets and services. Users of Grids are able to monitor and model everything from climate change to how cars behave in collisions. An improved understanding of such behaviours ultimately helps those responsible to take the necessary steps to improve people's quality of life.

Building Grids for Europe

A short brochure looking at how Grids "will revolutionise computing as profoundly as email and the Web revolutionised communications and publishing", as well as how the Commission's IST research programme is helping Europe take Grids out of the research labs and into industry.

See Also: Next Generation Internet > Grids


EU blueprint for Security Research programme

T he EC has published its recent communication on security research, a document entitled Security Research: The Next Steps . The communication indicates an increased need for security research and technology development, and comments that if Europe is to address growing and diversifying security challenges, there is a need to co-ordinate the research community and harness the combined strengths of relevant industrial players.

The document also acknowledges the key role technology plays in addressing new security challenges. The communication considers that consultation and cooperation with stakeholders, an effective Institutional setting, a governance structure responding to the urgency and nature of the work and the setup of a European Security Research Programme (ESRP) are all necessary actions.

The communication represents the Commission's feedback to recommendations of a high-level group of 27 top European industry executives and policymakers, published last March. The report, Research for a Secure Europe , stresses the need for increased co-ordination in this field and advocates an annual EU budget of approx. 1 billion for security research.

European Network and Information Security Agency up and running

ENISA - The European Network Information and Security Agency - now has its Executive Director; internal rules of procedure are in place, and a drive to recruit technical experts has just begun.

ENISA’s mission is to help deliver high EU-wide levels of security in electronic communications, and to build the culture of security necessary for the single market to deliver its full benefits to European citizens, consumers, enterprises and public sector bodies. More information .


Europe’s latest ICT research on IST Results

IST Results logo IST Results is an online editorial service reporting on research results and ongoing activities of IST projects funded under the European Community’s IST Programme. The service has been established by DG Information Society to raise the visibility of European IST research and thereby support projects’ access to markets and encourage the uptake of innovations into everyday use. IST Results’ key services comprise daily in-depth project features, news items about IST-related topics, an events calendar, a comprehensive links section as well as a weekly e-bulletin and customised e-alert services.

The website provides a unique and up-to-date access point to the outcomes, progress and developments of Europe’s latest ICT research. Covering a wide range of technologies and market application areas, IST Results has already featured several projects from the Research Infrastructure domain. The following links refer to some of these articles: 6QM , DataGrid , GEANT

For IST Programme-funded projects, the service represents a free of charge opportunity to promote their successes and achievements to a wide range of key audiences or potential users. All feature articles are written by an editorial team, based on information provided by projects and collected from their websites. IST Results also works closely with DG Information Society Project Officers, recommending successful projects and suggesting, hot topics for a monthly thematic calendar.

RTD Results Supplement

RTD Results Supplement contains a snapshot of the most representative exploitable research results and technology offers recently made available on the Technology Marketplace Service . Each edition presents results focusing on: biology, medicine, energy, environment, IT, telecommunications, industrial technologies. This supplement is published nine times a year in English.

Download the latest issue . See also Previous issues .

For details on how to submit your exploitable results and technologies to the CORDIS Results Service, click here .


Chinese-European Networking Symposium

  The EC-Bridge conference (Dec 9 - 10) on Research Networks, Advanced Networks and Broadband Solutions , funded by the European Commission, is a key international co-operation event addressing the European and Chinese visions on future eInfrastructures, Research Networks and Advanced Applications. The conference benefits from the active support of the European Commission and the Chinese Government. Participation is free.

Preliminary programme and speakers
The conference programme provides a stimulating mix of plenary presentations and parallel sessions along the following themes:

  • Network Infrastructures
  • Network Applications
  • IPv6
  • Middleware/Network Security
  • Broadband + Wireless Access
  • Grids and shared resources
  • Joint Collaborations
  • Participation in EC programmes

In addition, a recently conducted Trends Mapping Study will be presented.

A first-rate exhibition area (free of charge) provides a platform for European and Chinese companies and organisations to showcase their research results and technological offerings. Some exhibition space is still available.

Organisation and contacts
CERNET (Chinese Research and Education Network) and ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) are co-organising the conference, in the frame of the EC-Bridge project coordinated by AtosOrigin.


58 GigaByte File Transfers

  eVLBI data transfer tests from the Otaniemi campus in Espoo, Finland to JIVE in Dwingeloo, the Netherlands have shown excellent results. These tests were carried out with the new reliable UDP protocols, we used mainly the Tsunami file transferprotocol.

The transfer route was Funet-Nordunet-GEANT-SURFnet and the tests were carried out between 17 September, 1400 UT and 18 September 2200 UT. A total of ten 58 GB files (15 minutes of 512 Mbps VLBI data each) were transferred to JIVE with speeds that were consistently above 512 Mbitps. The maximum speed achieved was 614.9 Mbitps and the limiting factor was the speed of the two-disk raid array in the receiving computer.

See the impressive network load graph which indicates this transfer has quadrupled the traffic from Nordunet to Geant with one pair of normal microcomputers!

Apparently the tools needed for high-speed eVLBI data transfer are now downloadable from the Internet and standard Linux computers can handle the speeds used in VLBI.

The following hardware and software were used for the transfer:
  • MRO disk-based recorder in Otaniemi and a similar computer in JIVE
  • AMD Athlon 64 3200+ processor
  • Epox 8KDA3J motherboard with the nForce3 250 gb chipset
  • 512 MB memory
  • Disks: At Otaniemi a 3*200GB raid array, at JIVE a 2*120GB raid array
  • Debian Linux operating system with kernel 2.4.27, the forcedeth
  • Ethernet driver and the bigphysarea patch
  • iperf version 1.7.0 network test programme
  • Tsunami version 2002-12-02 file transfer programme

This work has been supported by CSC, the Finnish information technology center for science, and the operator of the Funet network.


LIP6 selects 6WIND'S IP-agnostic
networking software to build
new generation wireless networks

P ress Release - Paris, 30 September 2004.

LIP6 (Paris 6 University’s Information Technology Center of Excellence) announced today its decision to integrate 6WIND’s IP-agnostic software within the wireless network trial platform of one of Europe’s largest university campuses, Jussieu, under the state-initiated INFRADIO project. Equipped with dynamic security policies and an automated administration system, the Jussieu network platform will be built on IPv6 WLAN meshed routers.

The network, operational this Fall, will fully cover the academic site with more than 20 wireless access points. It is expected to provide Jussieu’s community of some 40,000 plus students, staff and visitors with easy and secure on-the-move campus access to the university’s range of advanced services. The users will equally be able to exploit the network for developing and using their own peer-to-peer applications.

Acting as a platform for monitoring new nomadic uses on a large scale, the INFRADIO project’s principal focus is to study the impacts of integrating nomadicity-related applications into the standard applications offered on the Jussieu network, for example, data-video swap and location-based services of resources and people. Resulting conclusions will shape the implementation and re-structuring of new and optimized wireless networks and applications for such users. These new generation wireless networks will interoperate equally well with private networks as they do with operator networks.

6WIND’s feature-rich technology, particularly with regards to intelligent routing, network security and IPv6 (auto configuration, transition mechanisms, NAT-PT), made it possible for us to quickly and easily meet the technical requirements of the network platform’s pilot version. Moreover, the software’s highly open architecture renders the possibility of easily integrating wireless-specific routing protocols eventually,
said Serge Fdida, professor at Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris 6), LIP6’s Networks and Performances group manager and INFRADIO project leader.
LIP6’s integration of 6WIND software solution demonstrates yet again, the value-add of our technology for deploying innovative internet applications, in this instance within the education and research community. Beyond enabling new internet uses in terms of “always-on” connectivity, mobility and security, the underlying advantage 6WIND’s IP-agnostic networking technology is in offering an open software architecture to empower the easy integration of third party applications and specific development for customization or differentiation. In the case of INFRADIO, it will be to add wireless-specific protocols,
added Eric Carmès, 6WIND Chief Operating Officer.

The continuous collaboration between LIP6 and 6WIND has been in part, due to 6WIND’s position as a leader and innovator of advanced IP networking technologies and applications. LIP6 and 6WIND teams have, for several years, been working closely together on new IP technologies such as Teredo, migration protocols, quality of service and multicast. They also created, in partnership with Thales, CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) and ENST (French Engineering University for Telecommunications in Paris), Euronetlab, a research laboratory dedicated to new generation Internet technologies.


News from IST Projects

In computers we will trust, even fallible ones
As society’s dependence on the Internet grows, so does our need to trust it. Yet the Web is under constant attack by hackers and criminals, and subject to both software and hardware failures. A recent European effort to build tougher computer systems is now receiving due recognition.

A Digital Library Infrastructure based on Grid technologies (ERCIM)
The IST FP6 project DILIGENT, which is based on a Digital Library Infrastructure on Grid enabled Technology has been recently set up. The project involves 14 European partners that will work together on the development of a digital library infrastructure, based on Grid-enabled technology that will allow members of dynamic virtual organisations to collaborate by exploiting shared knowledge and physical resources.

EUROLABS to support projects
EUROLABS is a IST FP6 project that integrates new networking technologies, applications and services. The project addresses topics like access networks, IPv6, QoS, security, mobility, interworking and interoperability. These components are combined to make up five interconnected testbeds, located in Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland. As a support project EUROLABS expects to collaborate with all projects for tests and interoperability. Collaboration with ‘Broadband for all’ and ‘Research Network’ projects is the prime target. EUROLABS will undertake the organisation of dissemination events, participate in the concertation process and actively contribute to the standardisation processes.

Kick-starting the mobile Internet
Toll-free telephone numbers benefit everyone. It costs callers nothing to use them and organisations paying for the lines attract more callers. Recent trials in Europe suggest this same win-win concept could be successfully used with the mobile Internet.

Call for Papers

TERENA Networking Conference 2005

TERENA Networking Conference 2005 - The World of Pervasive Networking , June 6-9, 2005, Poznan, Poland.

ICCS 2005

ICCS 2005 (International Conference on Computational Science), Advancing Science through Computation , May 22-25, 2005, Altanta, USA.


  • Proposals for Workshops November 1, 2004
  • Full papers submission December 1, 2004
  • Notification of acceptance of papers January 31, 2005
  • Camera ready papers February 14, 2005
  • Early registration March 30, 2005

Food for Thought

For the Diary



2 - 3 Translight Meeting and GLIF/Lambda Workshop 2004 Nottingham , UK


5 - 9 30th European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) Stockholm , Sweden


6 - 9 Photon04 Glasgow , UK


8 - 11 43rd European Telecommunications Congress Ghent , Belgium


15 - 17 European Grid Technology Days 2004 IST-FP6 Grid Projects Launch and Concertation Brussels , Belgium


20 Presentation of results of study into IPv6 over satellite Noordwijk , Netherlands


20 - 23 Global Grid Forum - Grids Deployed in the Enterprise Brussels , Belgium


20 - 24 RIPE 49 Meeting Manchester , UK


23 - 24 UK IPv6 Summit 2004 Manchester , UK


29 - 1 Oct Fifth International Workshop on Quality of Future Internet Services (QofIS’04) Barcelona , Spain


1 First International Workshop on QoS Routing (WQoSR) - Smart Routing Barcelona , Spain


4 - 6 Montpellier , France


11 - 15 IVth World Congress on Cyber-Law Cuzco , Peru


11 - 15 5th ETSI IPv6 Plugtests Event Mandelieu , France


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


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


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


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

IST 2004

15 - 17 IST 2004 The Hague , Netherlands


16 - 18 Global IP Exchange Tokyo , Japan


18 eInfrastructures policy initiative workshop The Hague , Netherlands


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


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


22 - 26 2nd EGEE Conference The Hague , Netherlands


24 - 26 III Russian Global IPv6 Summit Moscow , Russia


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


28 Globecom 2004 - GMPLS workshop Dallas , USA


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


7 European IPv6 Task Force Meeting Paris , France


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


8 - 10 Broadband Europe Conference Bruges , Belgium

Beyond 3G

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


9 - 10 Chinese-European Networking Symposium - Research Networks, Advanced Networks and Broadband Solutions Conference and Exhibition Shanghai , China
January 2005


1 Luxembourg to take presidency of the European Council


14 - 16 European Grid Conference 2005 Amsterdam , The Netherlands

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