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Multi-gigabit European academic network

Multi-gigabit European academic network

Objective

The GN2 project sets out a programme of work to further develop the successful GN1 project which has created the GEANT pan-European network. GN2 will continue and improve on the current network, with specific emphasis on developing an "end-to-end" approach to the provision of service across multiple interconnected networks. Gaining an improved understanding of user needs, as well as measures to provide direct support to deal with performance issues, are major elements of the proposal. It is anticipated that the current network architecture, based purely on IP service, will evolve to a more flexible structure based on a combination of routing and switching. This will build on current experimentation with the management of light paths and the emergence of standards for network control.

The geography of the network will be expanded to include Turkey and Bulgaria and the current global interconnections will be enhanced. In parallel with the development of the network, a comprehensive set of Joint Research Activities are defined, which are designed to provide future network enhancements. The initial JRAs deal with performance measurement, resource allocation mechanisms, network security and mobility. The JRAs will be able to exploit a distributed test facility that will be provided as an adjunct to the GN2 network. These JRAs will involve technical experts from the NREN community, DANTE and TERENA. A programme of networking activities is also defined where a specific activity has been designated for the co-ordination of RTD work in GN2. It is expected that new JRAs, resulting from this, will be defined and carried out during the lifetime of GN2.

As well as a comprehensive set of measures to disseminate the results of GN2 to a wide audience, it is planned to provide an enhanced level of support and assistance to users. The project will be carried out by the consortium of European NRENs, together with TERENA, and with DANTE as the coordinating partner.

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DELIVERY OF ADVANCED NETWORK TECHNOLOGY TO EUROPE LIMITED

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AKADEMSKA RAZISKOVALNA MREZA SLOVENIJE

Slovenia

CESNET, ZAJMOVE SDRUZENI PRAVNICKYCH OSOB

Czechia

CONSORTIUM GARR (GESTIONE AMPLIAMENTO RETE RICERCA)

Italy

CYPRUS RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC NETWORK

Cyprus

ENTIDAD PUBLICA EMPRESARIAL RED.ES

Spain

ESTONIAN EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH NETWORK

Estonia

FONDATION RESTENA (RESEAU TELEINFORMATIQUE DE L'EDUCATION NATIONALE ET DE LA RECHERCHE)

Luxembourg

FUNDACAO PARA A COMPUTACAO CIENTIFICA NACIONAL - FCCN

Portugal

GREEK RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY NETWORK S.A.

Greece

GROUPEMENT D'INTERET PUBLIC RESEAU NATIONAL DE TELECOMMUNICATIONS POUR LA TECHNOLOGIE, L'ENSEIGNEMENT ET LA RECHERCHE

France

HEANET LTD

Ireland

HRVATSKA AKADEMSKA I ISTRAZIVACKA MREZA - CARNET

Croatia

INFORMATION SOCIETY TECHNOLOGIES FOUNDATION

Bulgaria

INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ PAN W POZNANIU

Poland

INTER UNIVERSITY COMPUTATION CENTRE

Israel

JOINT SUPERCOMPUTER CENTER OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATES MATEMATIKAS UN INFORMATIKAS INSTITUTS

Latvia

NEMZETI INFORMACIOS INFRASTRUKTURA FEJLESZTESI IRODA

Hungary

NORDUNET A/S

Denmark

OFICIUL PENTRU OPERARE SI ADMINISTRARE AL INFRASTRUCTURII DE COMUNICATII DE DATE "ROEDUNET"

Romania

RESEAU TELEMATIQUE BELGE DE LA RECHERCHE, BELNET

Belgium

SURFNET B.V.

Netherlands

SWITCH -TELEINFORMATIKDIENSTE FUER LEHRE UND FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

THE JNT ASSOCIATION

United Kingdom

TRANS-EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORKING ASSOCIATION

Netherlands

TURKIYE BILIMSEL VE TEKNOLOJIK ARASTIRMA KURUMU

Turkey

UNIVERSITA TA MALTA

Malta

UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG EINES DEUTSCHEN FORSCHUNGSNETZES DFN VEREIN E.V.

Germany

ZDRUZENIE POUZIVATELOV SLOVENSKEJ AKADEMICKEJ DATOVEJ SIETE

Slovakia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 511082

  • Start date

    1 September 2004

  • End date

    31 August 2008

Funded under:

FP6-INFRASTRUCTURES

  • Overall budget:

    € 175 271 978

  • EU contribution

    € 93 000 000

Coordinated by:

DELIVERY OF ADVANCED NETWORK TECHNOLOGY TO EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom