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Geant Network

Objective

Geant will provide pan-European interconnection between National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Europe at Gigabit speeds, based on direct access to optical connectivity where this is available in the market. Core connectivity procured will be 2.5 Gbps, enhanced to tens of Gbps, as soon as possible. The network will be extended from the current geography of TEN-155 to include connectivity to Cyprus, Israel and Poland and to extend it to Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia. Services will include a standard IP service, a premium IP service, a Guaranteed Capacity Service and Virtual Private Networks. Multicast and, later, new value-added services arising from networking developments will also be offered. A European Distributed Access will provide connectivity between European researchers and their counterparts in other world regions.

OBJECTIVES
The key objective of Geant is to provide a very high performance, advanced, pan-European network service interconnecting the services provided by Europe's National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). It will support the development activities of the European research and education community, including the development of new advanced applications and the exploitation of new networking capabilities. Geant will create a ubiquitous infrastructure interconnecting the participating NRENs based on shared core connectivity operating at 2.5 Gbit/s initially and in the range of tens of Gbit/s within four years. It will maintain and develop a stable and dependable set of services on which a large and diverse end user community can rely. Geant will initiate a set of service developments that are needed to provide predictable Quality of Service. Consistent operational procedures will be set up to manage QoS mechanisms across multiple management domains.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
A competitive tender will cover circuits with capacity in the range 2.5 to tens of Gbps and other appropriate capacity where Gbps is not offered competitively; telehousing; and network management services. Following the completion of this major milestone, implementation plans will be refined based on knowledge of the response to the ITT. Further tenders will be issued. A core transmission network with a capacity of at least 2.5 Gbps initially and tens of Gbps later will be implemented, involving in addition the procurement of new equipment, installation of new PoPs, integration of existing TEN-155 connectivity and the design of a mixed technology network which supports IP services over optical transmission between core locations together with IP over ATM elsewhere and the support of guaranteed capacity and VPN capability at all network nodes. Connections will be made to all partners, which are not already connected to TEN-155. Geant PoPs will be established in all partner countries. A cost-sharing model will be defined. Research networks from third countries will establish interconnections with Geant via a European Distributed Access in order to allow academic and research collaborations between Europe and other continents to be given high performance network support. Ways will be devised of providing the capability for guaranteed QoS at the IP level. Systems for the management of interworking with equivalent NREN services will be developed. A specification of a premium IP service which matches the requirements of the NRENs and their end users and an implementation plan (including management and accounting systems) will be produced. Traffic measurement facilities will be installed at all nodes. Some activities will be continuous: operation of the Geant services, operation by the NRENs of their access to Geant, promotion of use of the network. Comprehensive reports on usage will be produced monthly; annual reports will each include a review of the whole activity.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

DELIVERY OF ADVANCED NETWORK TECHNOLOGY TO EUROPE LIMITED
Address
3 Worcester Street
OX1 2PZ Oxford, Oxfordshire
United Kingdom

Participants (26)

AKADEMSKA RAZISKOVALNA MREZA SLOVENIJE
Slovenia
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
CESNET, ZAJMOVE SDRUZENI PRAVNICKYCH OSOB
Czechia
Address
Zikova 4
160 00 Praha 6
CONSORTIUM GARR (GESTIONE AMPLIAMENTO RETE RICERCA)
Italy
Address
Viale Palmiro Togliatti 1625
00155 Roma
CYPRUS RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC NETWORK
Cyprus
Address
Kallipoleos 75
1678 Nicosia
ESTONIAN EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH NETWORK
Estonia
Address
Taehetorn Toomel
51003 Tartu
FUNDACAO PARA A COMPUTACAO CIENTIFICA NACIONAL - FCCN
Portugal
Address
Avenida Do Brasil 101
1799 Lisboa
GREEK RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY NETWORK S.A.
Greece
Address
Mesogeion Av. 56
11527 Athens
GROUPEMENT D'INTERET PUBLIC RESEAU NATIONAL DE TELECOMMUNICATIONS POUR LA TECHNOLOGIE, L'ENSEIGNEMENT ET LA RECHERCHE
France
Address
151 Boulevard De L'hopital
Paris
HEANET LTD
Ireland
Address
Brooklawn House Crampton Avenue
Dublin 4
HUNGARIAN ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH NETWORK ASSOCIATION
Hungary
Address
Victor Hugo U. 18-22
1132 Budapest
INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ PAN W POZNANIU
Poland
Address
Noskowskiego 12/14
61-704 Poznan
INTER UNIVERSITY COMPUTATION CENTRE
Israel
Address
Computation Center - Tel Aviv Univesity Campus - Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
KAUNAS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Lithuania
Address
K. Donelaicio Street 73
3006 Kaunas
LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATES MATEMATIKAS UN INFORMATIKAS INSTITUTS
Latvia
Address
Raina Bulvaris 29
1050 Riga
MINISTERIO DE CIENCIA Y TECNOLOGIA
Spain
Address
Paseo De La Castellana 160
28071 Madrid
NORDUNET A/S
Denmark
Address
Boegealle 5
2970 Hoersholm
OFICIUL PENTRU OPERARE SI ADMINISTRARE AL INFRASTRUCTURII DE COMUNICATII DE DATE "ROEDUNET"
Romania
Address
Splaiul Independentei 313, Building R, Room R506-507
060042 Bucuresti
RESEAU TELEINFOMATIQUE DE L'EDUCATION NATIONALE ET DE LA RECHERCHE
Luxembourg
Address
6, Rue Coudenhove-kalergi
1359 Kirchberg
RESEAU TELEMATIQUE BELGE DE LA RECHERCHE, BELNET
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Science 4
1000 Bruxelles
SURFNET BV
Netherlands
Address
Radboudkwartier 273
3501 DA Utrecht
SWITCH-TELEINFORMATIKDIENSTE FUER LEHRE UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
Address
Limmatquai 138
8001 Zuerich
THE JNT ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
Address
Atlas Centre, Chilton, Didcot
OX11 0QS Oxford
UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Malta
Address

06 Msida
UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
Address
Dr. Karl Lueger-ring 1
1010 Wien
VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG EINES DEUTSCHEN FORSCHUNGSNETZES DFN VEREIN E.V.
Germany
Address
Anhalterstrasse 1
10963 Berlin
ZDRUZENIE POUZIVATELOV SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMICKEJ DATOVEJ SIETE
Slovakia
Address
Nam. Slobody
811 04 Bratislava 1