Serpens for Kepler
The overall objective is to provide a stable environment for the implementation of GÉANT as the European Communications Commons for the European Research Area, which will provide the best possible digital infrastructure to ensure that Europe remains in the forefront of research. GÉANT’s extensive and long-standing contacts with large data disciplines such as biology, radioastronomy and high-energy physics help shape the evolution of the networking facilities required. This is complemented by partner contacts with research domains that are new users of high-performance networks and services, such as: digital preservation, real-time art and humanities.
The vision is to position the GÉANT partnership optimally to achieve the strategic objectives of the FPA while ensuring the continuity and improvement of the services successfully offered under the GN3plus FP7 project. The extensive experience of the GÉANT partnership in providing high-quality and innovative services has been applied to the preparation phase of this proposal.
The following work package objectives deserve to be highlighted:
- Maintain and enhance the production service and achieve cost reductions without negative effects on network service levels.
- Coordinate with the other European e-infrastructure efforts both individually and in the framework of the increased coordination effort.
- Prepare a new round of Open Call projects to start immediately after the end of the GN4-1 project.
- Expand the footprint and the depth of services offered to roaming users with enhanced trust and identity services through Federation as a Service and with group and attribute management added to eduGAIN.
- Develop online real-time services to improve the ease and function of videconferencing, open learning support and general multimedia use.
- Review the existing service catalogue using the Product Lifecycle Management process to assess the cost/benefits of each carefully to define the future service strategy.
The GÉANT2020 Phase 1 project is the first step in implementing the actions defined in the 68-month Framework Partnership Agreement established between the GÉANT Consortium and the European Commission. At the same time, the project maintains, operates and enhances a set of excellent production networking services.
The overall objective is to provide a stable, though innovative, environment for the growth of GÉANT as the European Communications Commons for the European Research Area (ERA), providing the best possible digital infrastructure to ensure that Europe remains in the forefront of research.
A key element in achieving this objective is to maintain the operational excellence of the established GÉANT services, while achieving significant economies on the costs of the backbone network.
The implementation of GÉANT as the European Communications Commons for the ERA will provide the best possible digital infrastructure to maintain a leading role in research. GÉANT’s extensive and long-standing contacts with large data disciplines such as biology, radioastronomy and high-energy physics help shape the evolution of the networking facilities required for the European Commons. This is complemented by partner contacts with research domains that are new users of high-performance networks and services, such as: digital preservation, real-time art and humanities. This unique, trans-disciplinary knowledge has been most useful in the preparation of the project proposal.
Phase1 of GÉANT2020 is of a short duration (one year). The vision is to position the GÉANT partnership optimally to achieve the strategic objectives of the FPA, while ensuring the continuity and improvement of the services successfully offered under the GN3plus FP7 project. The extensive experience of the GÉANT partnership in providing high quality and innovative services has been applied to the preparation phase of this proposal.
Currently (end of GN3plus), the GÉANT Service Catalogue includes the following services:
GEANT Network Connectivity Services
1. GÉANT IP: The network’s standard connectivity service, providing robust, high-bandwidth access to and across the shared European Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure.
2. GÉANT Plus: Provides point-to-point connectivity across reserved, high-speed circuits on pre-provisioned infrastructure. This service combines the privacy, security and availability of a private network with the cost-efficiency and robustness of a shared and managed infrastructure.
3. GÉANT Lambda: A bespoke service designed to cater for longer term, extremely data-intensive network connectivity requirements. These connections provide dedicated, full 10 and 100 Gbps wavelengths to deliver high capacity for the most demanding of user projects.
4. GÉANT Open: An open exchange facility that will allow direct peering between NRENs and international partners, including commercial organisations.
5. GÉANT Peering: A service that allows direct peering between NRENs and international partners, providing better-quality connection between research institutes and users.
6. GÉANT L3VPN: An enhancement of the GÉANT IP service, which will provide L3 virtual private networks.
Value-Added Network Services
7. GÉANT Testbed Service: A service designed to facilitate disruptive network research and large-scale experiments with network technology at all levels.
8. Multi-Domain VPN: A service that supports configuration, delivery and management of traffic across multiple VPN services operated by different service providers. Multi-Domain VPN is of particular interest to pan-European or pan-continental research activities and consortia.
9. Multi-Domain Security Services (including multi-domain network and network application security): Addresses attacks transiting the GÉANT backbone and extends to defend from attacks identified within NREN backbones, with a minimum of administrative overhead.
10. perfSONAR: A multi-domain monitoring (MDM) toolset for performance tuning and diagnostics.
11. eduPERT: A federated Performance Enhancement and Response Team (PERT) structure that combines the independent PERTs of local institutions (NRENs and GÉANT) and fosters knowledge-sharing across the GÉANT network community. Universities, research campuses and other organisations and international projects can join the eduPERT community.
12. eduCONF: A set of services to provide and support videoconferencing across Europe.
GÉANT Trust and Identity Services
13. eduGAIN: A service that enables the trustworthy exchange of information related to identity, authentication and authorisation between the GÉANT partners’ federations.
14. eduroam: A global service that provides secure WiFi roaming connectivity for the R&E community.
15. eduPKI: A service that provides Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificates for GÉANT network services. This ensures that the communication between the servers and users of the services is secure and reliable.
Access to Cloud Services
16. Cloud Brokerage: A service that acquires and manages the delivery of cloud services from providers to the pan-European GÉANT community, coordinating and amplifying existing NREN brokerage services to increase their efficiency and leverage.