JAMES-RN seeks to develop a Europe-wide interconnection structure based on asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) switching (see TEN-34) and associated trial high-speed services. The focus will be on communication capabilities to support national or regional research networking applications, particularly pilot ones whose real broadband needs are still unmet. Issues covered will include network management, implementation of broadband experimental services, and exploitation of feedback from national networks and other users to enable operators to consider the launch of a cost-effective commercial exploitation plan.
The JAMES project aims at developing a European-wide, ATM-based interconnection structure together with associated experimental services for trial purposes. JAMES will be dealing with the interconnection of national and regional research network islands, and possibly other centres of excellence.
The main focus of the project is to investigate the provision of new broadband communication capabilities to support the needs of European research networking applications. The project will concentrate on a selection of pilot applications with real broadband needs which cannot be fulfilled by existing commercial services.
In this respect, the following issues (from the operational point of view) can be considered as the scope:
- enhancement of the architecture based on the experience of the ATM Pilot,
- translation of user requirements into operational quality-of-service parameters using performance measurement and traffic measurement techniques,
- network management and operational procedures,
- implementation, trials and fine-tuning of new broadband experimental services, both basic and enhanced.
- obtain and exploit feedback from the experimental users (particularly National Research Networks) in order
- to enable each Network Operator to plan and prepare the launch of acceptable and cost-effective commercial services (Exploitation Plan).
A user board (UB) will be set up to orientate the project with the needs of users, and provide direct support to users for technical problems.
By means of this project, Europe will parallel the NSFnet/MCI initiative to develop a broadband ATM-based experimental network. Interconnection with the equivalent architecture in the USA or other countries may thus be planned.
The 17 countries participating will be provided with a variety of high speed services.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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