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Silk project operations, networking and GEANT extension (SPONGE)

Project ID: IST-2001-37580
Funded under: FP5-IST


This document provides a brief update on the achievements of a project funded under the "Research Networking" theme of the FP5 Information Society Technologies (IST) programme. It describes the objectives, experimental work and results of the project.

The ancient Silk Road was not only a trade route but also an all-important road for the transfer of information and knowledge between major regions of the world. The Silk Project is bringing cost-effective, global Internet connectivity to the research communities in the newly independent states (NIS) of Caucasus and Central Asia through state-of-the-art satellite technology, thus creating a virtual Silk information highway. The aim of the Silk Project is to increase significantly the exchange of information with, and between, academic and educational institutions in these regions. Under the SPONGE Project we are providing complementary services needed to ensure that the Silk network operates well and gives maximum benefit to the NIS users.

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