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Horizon 2020: H2020-SGA-INFRA-GEANT-2018 (Topic [a] Research and Education Networking)

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - GN4-3 (Horizon 2020: H2020-SGA-INFRA-GEANT-2018 (Topic [a] Research and Education Networking))

Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2020-04-30

GÉANT will maintain the operational excellence of the established GÉANT services, while still achieving economies on the costs of the backbone network. The reliable, secure and state-of-the-art, high-speed network services offered to researchers and other network users across Europe will remain exceptional. Massive data transfer capacities required by extreme-scale instruments, both existing (e.g. Large Hadron Collider (LHC)) and under development (e.g. Square kilometre Array (SKA)), and by the penetration of big data in many areas of science, will be prototyped with due consideration to the specific security and deployment challenges. As the community moves to cloud-oriented working habits, exascale computing will be installed in some countries and accessed from most. These paradigm shifts make user requirements for very high network speeds with the guarantee of no packet loss even more important.
GN4-3’s developments are guided by the vision of a future where a set of coherent and integrated European e-infrastructure services will offer convenient, seamless access for the end users through a common e-infra service catalogue, which will facilitate service adoption.
Trust and identity (T&I) is key to the security, privacy and trust of the end users of e-infrastructure services. Federated access and national identity federations have enabled NRENs to explore new models for service delivery. The services in this area of GN4-3 are operated and developed in accordance with user requirements as they need to adapt to the increasingly integrated e-infrastructure environment necessary for supporting the European research community.
During the extraordinary circumstances of the Global pandemic, GÉANT and the GN4-3 partners continue to meet the objectives and goals set out in the GN4-3 projects.
At a high level, most of the work is continuing satisfactorily and for the first period we did not have significant divergence from plan.
Short terms impact: the inevitable cancellations of major events such as TNC2020 and some delays with the implementation of the new network infrastructure under GN4-3N.
Possible long term impact for some areas: Change in way R&E conducted and Online and remote learning needs may change
Some small but manageable delays (e.g. in procurement and delivery of new network) and a possible extension of a few months after end 2022.
There were many successful events and community activities in Period 1:
TNC19 in Estonia (June 2019) very well attended with multiple awards as the Conference of the Year and Smart Technical Solution categories 
The GN4-3 convention (Feb2019) and All Hands Symposium (Feb2020) including contribution from A. Veispak with complementary vision of EC and the GN4-3 consortium
Other community activities, including focus areas on Crisis Management and Security:
Crisis Management activities (CLAW 2019 Crisis Management Event (75 participants)
Security Baseline for NRENs was completed and reviewed by the international R&E community
Communications channels consolidated into the new connect.geant.org website: CONNECT magazine, project and community news releases, GÉANT community blog
High levels of reach: nearly 1M hits on eduroam website with over 1.4M impressions on social media
500+ news items created by GÉANT and our partners on connect.geant.org and sent to 750+ newsletter subscribers
We responded to the pandemic and strengthened our relationships and project/programme engagement
Rapid response to the COVID-19 crisis:
Supporting the COVID-19 research platform launched by the EC (impact.geant.org/covid and connect.geant.org/covid)
Supporting and accelerating development and release to new online tools
No major service degradations
Sustained close relationships with:
NRENs around the world
Academic communities
Research Infrastructures
European e-infrastructure providers
All to ensure a valued and coherent service offering is delivered
Engagement with other programmes/projects
EOSC/EuroHPC plus numerous projects (especially in AAI and cloud service/ procurement requirements)
which improved the utilisation of existing services and development of new ones.
A number of existing services were enhanced with new releases, features, etc.
Network enhancements:
Version 17.4 release update implementation on Juniper MX platform
The Data Centre Interconnects (DCIs) deployed on dark fibre routes for cost effective IP trunk capacity upgrades

Other Service enhancements:
New releases of perfSONAR and NMaaS software
New SPA platform features for GCS service
NeMo (DDoS Detection, Analysis and Mitigation software) Docker installation guide
API between Firewall on Demand and the NeMo software defined

The Incubator model was implemented in WP5/6 Investigating potential new services, platforms and applications
Community tagging
Discovery pilot
Shibboleth OIDC Extension
Distributed vetting for 2FA
RARE routing platform
P4 lab
OTFN time and frequency applications
GEANT Lab
GEANT Symposium
Sustainable Development goals
Cybersecurity Month campaign
CONNECT online
IMPACT website