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GN2 'Distributed' Workshop

The EU-funded GN2 project impacts many of the areas of interest in research and education networking. Its most visible result will be GÉANT2, the next generation of the pan-European research backbone network interconnecting the national research and education networks of 34 countries. Compared to the earlier GÉANT backbone, GÉANT2 is based on a different paradigm and will provide a much richer set of services.

In addition to the GÉANT2 backbone network service, the GN2 project encompasses a number of Joint Research Activities and Networking Activities. As part of the Networking Activity on "Conferences and Events", a GN2 event is attached to the annual TERENA conferences.

In consultation with the European Commission, it has been decided that, once again this year, the event would not take the form of separate sessions; instead, GN2 presentations have been included in the appropriate topic-oriented parallel sessions throughout the conference programme.

The enormous potential of GÉANT2 continues to shape the future development of research and education across Europe. Designed and built on behalf of a consortium of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), with funding support from the European Commission as part of its 6th Framework Programme, the GÉANT2 network provides a vital research infrastructure as well as the necessary resources for information technology and telecommunications development. Key elements of the GÉANT2 network include:

  • Increased capacity
    Many routes operate at 10Gbps - speeds which equate to transferring 1,000 digital photos in 1.6 seconds. The total network capacity is over 500 Gbps 2.5 times the performance of the first GÉANT network.
  • Point-to-Point services
    GÉANT2 is designed to switch both data packets and data streams. The ability to switch data streams is innovative and opens up new service possibilities.
  • Advanced usability and support
    A major focus for GÉANT2 is to provide support beyond just installing network connections and to make it more accessible and user-focused. The network has been designed with the user in mind, responding to changes in usage patterns by large scale applications.

Workshop Presentations in the Conference Programme: