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Title: The TERENA Technical Programme

The TERENA Technical Programme
  • Claudio Allocchio
  • VP Technical Programme
  • TERENA General Assembly
  • Prague, 24-25 October 2002

Terms of Reference
  • The scope of the TERENA Technical Programme is
  • To supports joint European work in developing,
    evaluating, testing, integrating and promoting
    new networking, middleware and application
  • To bring together technical specialists from
    TERENA member organisations and the wider
    European research networking community.
  • To organise topical workshops and ad-hoc meetings
    to exchange experiences and information, and to
    plan for joint activities.
  • To liaises with similar activities in other

Terms of Reference (2)
  • Inside the Technical Programme we have the
  • Technical Advisory Council,
  • TERENA Technical Committee,
  • a number of Special Interest Areas,
  • Task Forces,
  • Projects.

Technical Advisory Council
  • The TAC consists of representatives of the TERENA
    member organisations ( the senior technical
    managers of those organisations), the Task Force
    leaders, the VP Technical Programme, the Chief
    Technical Officer and the Secretary General.
  • The TAC is a main instrument for the TERENA
    member organisations to steer the direction of
    the technical work under the TERENA umbrella.

Technical Advisory Council
  • The TAC meets at least once a year to
  • Review the progress of the Technical Programme
  • Advise on the future direction of the Technical
  • Propose new initiatives
  • Exchange information about networking activities
  • Propose TTC members
  • At least once every two years, the TAC also
    reviews the Special Interest Areas (done on
    Monday June 3rd 2002)
  • A stronger role for the TAC all year round?

TERENA Technical Committee
  • The TTC co-ordinates and supervises the Technical
    Programme. It has the functions to
  • Create and dissolve Task Forces
  • Consider project proposals and recommend to the
    TEC whether they should be approved as TERENA
    projects and, if applicable, whether they should
    receive TERENA funding
  • Assess the progress of Task Forces and projects

TERENA Technical Committee
  • The current composition of the TTC is
  • Claudio Allocchio - VP Technical Programme
  • Roberto Barbera - GRID
  • David Chadwick - Directories
  • Christoph Graf - Security
  • Dimitrios Kalogeras - High Speed Networking
  • Olav Kvittem - Diffserv and Quality of Service
  • Ton Verschuren - Middleware
  • John Dyer - Chief Technical Officer
  • Valentino Cavalli - acting Chief Technical
  • Karel Vietsch - Secretary General
  • Liaison with US-MACE Committee
  • Brian Gilmore

Special Interest Areas
  • The TEC may create a maximum of six Special
    Interest Areas, usually based on the
    recommendation of the TAC. The Special Interest
  • determine the focus of the TERENA Technical
  • offer a forum for discussion and exchange of
  • provide a platform for creating new Task Forces
    and projects

Special Interest Areas
  • The current Special Interest Areas (June 2002)
  • Lower Layers (IPv6, MPLS, VPNs etc.)
  • Quality of Service (including DiffServ)
  • Videoconferencing and Streaming (Including IP
  • Content Delivery, Indexing and Searching
  • Middleware
  • Mobility
  • In addition, Grid and Campus coordination across
    the SIAs

Task Forces and Projects
  • A Task Force is a focused group with a specific
    charter, which defines its objectives, its
    lifetime and the deliverables that the group will
  • A Minor Project is a limited activity that
    produces specific deliverables within a few
    months and that is (partially) funded directly
    from TERENAs own resources
  • A Major Project is a larger activity covering a
    longer period. Major projects are funded by
    additional contributions from TERENA member
    organisations and possibly other sources
  • An External Project is an activity in which
    TERENA staff members themselves take an active
    part and that is co-funded by third parties such
    as the EU

Lower Layers and QoS TF-NGN
  • TF-NGN investigates the suitability of advanced
    networking technologies for future implementation
    in research networks in Europe. The work includes
    the piloting of new services on GÉANT.
  • Very active Task Force with a large membership
    and a large number of activity areas the updated
    list of activities is in tune with the GÉANT
    roadmap for year 3 and includes
  • intra/inter-domain Network Monitoring
    Infrastructure including the definition and
    organisation of a Performance Emergency Response
    Team (PERT)
  • Optical developments
  • Multicast
  • IPv6 deployment
  • Support for Layer 2 VPNs

Lower Layers and QoS 6NET project
  • Very large FP5 project for a large-scale
    international IPv6 testbed. January 2002
    December 2004. Total estimated budget 17 million
  • More than 30 participants, the consortium was
    extended with the national research networks of
    Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic and ETRI,
  • Latest news Full IPv6 test network operational,
    tests are being scheduled now. Project review in
    Paris on 30 October 2002
  • TERENAs role
  • Leading the workpackage on dissemination and
    exploitation of results
  • Maintaining the 6NET website (IPv6 enabled)
  • Organising workshops (Joint 6NET-Euro6IX
    workshop, Limerick 5 June 2002, next one May-June

Lower Layers and QoS 6LINK project
  • Small accompanying measure in FP5 to support the
    IPv6 cluster activities. March 2002 February
    2005. Total estimated budget 1 million euro.
  • Project partners are
  • BT Exact, Telscom, T-Nova, University of
    Southampton, Consulintel, University College
    London, Polytechnical University of Madrid,
    Motorola, DANTE, TERENA, Universidad Carlos III
    de Madrid
  • TERENAs role is very small 1 man-month per year
  • Contribution to IPv6 Cluster meeting, next one 6
    November 2002

Lower Layers and QoS TEQUILA project
  • FP5 project to specify, implement and test a set
    of service definition and traffic engineering
    tools to obtain QoS guarantees across IP
    networks. Total estimated budget 5.9 million
    euro. January 2000 June 2002, extended until
    October 2002.
  • Project participants are
  • Alcatel, Algosystems, France Telecom RD, Global
    Crossing, University of Surrey, IMEC, NTU Athens,
    University College London. TERENA is assistant
    contractor to UCL.
  • TERENAs role
  • Maintaining the TEQUILA website
  • Organising workshops (last one in Maastricht on
    14-15 May 2002)

Lower Layers and QoS SCAMPI project
  • Large FP5 project to develop a SCAlable
    Monitoring Platform for the Internet. April 2002
    September 2004. Total estimated budget 5.5
    million euro.
  • Project participants are
  • TERENA, IMEC, FORTH, Leiden University, Netikos,
  • TERENAs role
  • Project co-ordinator
  • Leading the workpackage on project management and
  • Maintaining the SCAMPI website
  • Organising workshops (1st Workshop will be held
    in Amsterdam in January 2003)

Videoconferencing and Streaming
  • IP telephony
  • Last meeting combined with TF-STREAM in Limerick
    on 2 June 2002
  • Great interest in TERENA coordinating the
    production of an IP Telephony Cookbook
  • Major project proposal submitted to TTC in
    September 2003

Videoconferencing and Streaming IP Telephony
Cokbook Project (1)
  • Project objectives
  • overview of available technologies and trends for
    the near future
  • models / scenarios for deploying IP telephony and
    building a IP Telephony infrastructure
  • guidelines on
  • IP Telephony protocols and basic services set up
  • how to set-up advanced services
  • how to connect an IP Telephony island to a wider
    dialing plan
  • regulatory and legal aspects
  • experiences on interoperability of IP Telephony
  • information about IP telephony projects in Europe

Videoconferencing and Streaming IP Telephony
Cokbook Project (2)
  • Cookbook contents
  •  Introduction
  • Technology Background
  • IP Telephony Scenarios
  • Setting up Basic services
  • Setting up Advanced Services (telephony-centric)
  • Setting up Value-Added Service (additional to
    tel. services)
  • Global telephony integration
  • Regulatory / Legal considerations
  • A) European IP Telephony Projects
  • B) IP Telephony Hardware/Software

Videoconferencing and Streaming IP Telephony
Cokbook Project (3)
  • Main partners
  • University of Pisa, TZI University of Bremen, FhG
  • Project contributors
  • CESNET, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, GRNET,
  • Project size
  • 11 months duration with a total of 11
  • Requested financial contribution 64,800 Eur
  • TTC (September 2002) recommended
  • Relevant to Community needs
  • Fund as major project with 10 kEUR funding from
    TERENA and remaining funding from number of other

Middleware Security TF-CSIRT
  • TF-CSIRT provides a platform for information
    exchange and collaboration between Computer
    Security Incident Response Teams from NRENs,
    industry and government. Very active Task Force
    with a large membership. Some 30 CSIRTs actively
    participate, meetings have some 50 attendees.
    Latest meeting held in Syros, GR on 26-27
    September 2002 .
  • Ongoing activities include
  • The task force has established a working group on
    best-current-practice in CSIRTs to assist in the
    establishment of new CSIRTs
  • Clearinghouse for incident handling
  • IODEF Pilot Project results expected at the end
    of 2002 (

Middleware Security Trusted Introducer pilot
  • TI provides a form of accreditation of CSIRTs,
    thereby assisting the development of a Web of
    Trust. Currently 30 CSIRTs accredited and 79
  • The Trusted Introducer continues as a permanent
    service starting from 1 September 2002, with
    TERENA continuing to provide clearinghouse
  • A meeting of accredited CSIRTs was organised in
    Syros, Greece on 26 September 2002 .

Middleware Security TRANSITS project
  • FP5 project to provide TRAining of Network
    Security Incident Teams Staff. Started on 1 July
    2002, will run for 3 years. Total estimated
    budget 250,000 euro.
  • Will develop and maintain course materials to
    train staff members of new CSIRTs and new staff
    members of existing CSIRTs. EU funding covers
    logistics costs, expenses of teachers and
    includes small budget to support participants
    from poor countries.
  • Project participants are TERENA and UKERNA
  • Scheduled Training Courses
  • Oegstgeest, the Netherlands from 31 October 1
    November 2002
  • Warsaw, Poland from 27-28 May 2003

Middleware Directories
  • TF-LSD investigates the usability of LDAPv3 as a
    base for a wide range of Internet services
  • A proposal for extending and/or re-chartering
    and/or merging with TF-AACE will be discussed at
    the next meeting in Stockholm on 27 November 2002
  • Work on deliverables continuing until
  • Project Adding Certificate Retrieval to
  • Progressing on schedule and approaching now final
    deliverables and results
  • Project DEEP2 Schema for the European Academia
  • First result of Questionnaire currently being
    analysed, more responses will be accepted until
    TF-LSD meeting in November 2002
  • Project Directory Schema Registry
  • Contract started on 1 August 2002, will run for
    12 months

Middleware Authentication and authorisation
  • TF-AACE, the Task Force for Authentication,
    Authorisation Coordination for Europe was
    officially established in April 2002. The next
    meeting will be in Stockholm on 27 November 2002,
    preceded by a TF-AACE workshop on 26 November and
    followed by the Nordic GNOMIS workshop on 28-29
  • Work items include
  • Defining interoperability requirements for
    European academic PKIs, including guidelines for
    PKI deployment at NRENs
  • Defining common requirements for
    inter-institutional authentication and
    authorisation, providing a framework for
    harmonising NREN initiatives
  • Investigation/comparison of use of hierarchical
    and bridge PKI/CA and making recommendation for
    European NRENs

  • Architecture to support roaming of students
    between different NRENs
  • Chartering new TERENA task force
  • Meeting on 28 October 2002, Amsterdam
  • Proposed Work
  • Study available AuthN AuthZ techniques
  • Web-based, RADIUS802.1x, VPNs
  • Study support of next generation equipment for
    MobileIP (v4 and v6)
  • Set up a test bed for inter-NREN AuthN AuthZ
  • Liaise with TF-AACE and TF-NGN

SEEREN project
  • Large FP5 Accompanying Measure to support
    South-Eastern European Research Education
    Networking. Fall 2002 18 months. Total
    estimated budget about 1.3 million euro.
  • Project participants
  • GRNET (Co-ordinator), HUNGARNET, RoEduNet, DANTE,
  • Subcontractors are NRENs of
  • Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYROM, FRY
  • TERENAs role
  • Contribute to analyse technical operational
    requirements (0.09 PM up to month 3)
  • Contribute to dissemination activities,
    brochures, workshops, liaisons (1.13 PM)

  • TERENA staff and TTC closely following
    developments, e.g. in Global Grid Forum and
    events (iGRID 2002), exchanging information and
  • TERENA disseminating information to bridge the
    GRID and the European research networking
  • Proposing to participate in FP6 GRID initiatives
    as a major dissemination partner (see also slides
    on new activities)

GNRT Guide to Network Resource Tools
  • A completely revised, modularly structured new
    edition of the GNRT is currently being produced.
  • Many sections are available for review, a few
    sections are being prepared now
  • First preview expected end 2002
  • maybe a new title if we publish again the book?

".eu" TLD
  • We discussed at the TEC about the involvement
    that TERENA should have into the management of
    the coming ".eu" TLD.
  • We strongly believe that TERENA role should be to
    represent the RE community into its Policy Board.

Activities in FP6
  • EGEE
  • GRID, Dissemination activity
  • Optical networking testbed, Co-ordination and
    dissemination activities
  • C2NRE2
  • Network of Excellence, Co-ordination

  • What is EGEE ?
  • An Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (III) to
    create and deploy Grid Technologies for e-Science
    and Industry
  • Objectives
  • integrating Grid technological developments from
    across Europe
  • establishing a Europe-wide Grid infrastructure
    for science and industry with a focus on
    heterogeneity and interoperability
  • enabling the creation of e-Science applications
    from across the scientific and industrial
  • ensuring the timely delivery of the projects
    programme of work, guided by the needs of
    academic and industrial partners.

FP6 - EGEE (2)
  • Participants (up to now)
  • Members from current Grid initiatives in Europe,
    Research bodies, Universities, NRENs,
  • ( check the Position Papers at
  • http//
  • TERENA proposed role
  • Major Disseminating partner in the Consortium
  • A very good method to easily bridge between the
    TERENA TFs activities and results relevant to
    Grids (expecially Middleware) and the ongoing
    activities in the Grid projects

FP6 - EGEE (3)
  • Where TERENA fits?
  • EGEE proposes a large number of Dissemination
    Acitivites, both to the RE community and to the
    SMEs, and more.
  • TERENA will take over the training and
    dissemination activities to the RE community,
    including the NRENs, Research Organisations and
    Univerisities, complementing the one towards the
    SMEs and more.

FP6 - EGEE (4)
  • TTC and TEC recommend that TERENA takes part in
    the proposal, and joins the Consortium,
    partecipating as a contractor when the
    appropriate FP6 call is issued.
  • Why?
  • It follows the TAC and GA recommendation to be
    involved and closely follow Grid activities
  • It involves activities in line with the
    recommendation to "close the gap" between the
    Campus and End users and the NRENs activities
  • It contributes the large TERENA TFs know how to
    the other GRID active partners in a natural and
    "internal" way.

FP6 - EGEE (5)
  • How?
  • Sending a declaration of intents to the EGEE
  • (Fabrizio Gagliardi, CERN)
  • Other questions
  • Costs?
  • Labour?
  • We need to see FP6 call in order to know the

  • What is ASTON ?
  • A project aimed to study the next generation of
    lower layers (mostly optical) networking, which
    also fits quite well into the future needs of
    GÉANT. Some activities fit into the III pictures,
  • Activities
  • 1. Building a pan-European testbed infrastructure
  • 2. Bandwidth on Demand (BoD)
  • 3. Optical circuit (packet) switching
  • 4. IP/Optical Network Management
  • 5. Transport at 40 - 80 Gbit/s and higher
  • 6. 10 Gbit/s Ethernet over long distances

FP6 - ASTON (2)
  • GÉANT needs
  • 10Gb Ethernet over long distance
  • Simple layer2 provisioning
  • Bandwidth on demand
  • 40Gb line-speed
  • Integrate IP and Optical management

FP6 - ASTON (3)
  • Participants (up to now)
  • Members of TF-NGN, but interests expressed also
    from equipment providers (Juniper, Cisco,
    Alcatel), carriers and universities
  • TERENA proposed role
  • Project Coordination and Dissemination Activities
  • but open for possible other Project
    Coordination offers.

FP6 - ASTON (4)
  • TTC and TEC recommend that ASTON project is a
    major interest of the TERENA community, and we
    should be ready to submit a FP6 proposal in the
    appropriate area as soon as this is possible.
  • More over there is currently a significant
    momentum in this field, and, despite the problems
    in the Carriers industry which made ASTON focus
    change into a FP6 long term project, a very
    active group of TF-NGN members are already
    organising Work Packages and structuring the

FP6 - ASTON (5)
  • How?
  • TF-NGN Optical activities (leader Victor Reijs)
  • Bandwidth on Demand, (Michal Przybilsky, PSNC)
  • 10 GigE over long-distance, (Stanislav Sima,
  • Transport at 40 - 80 Gbit/s and higher (Mauro
    Campanella GARR)
  • FP6 Research Networking Testsbeds (summer/fall
  • FP6 III (December 2002) for some activities like

FP6 - C2NRE2
  • What is C2NRE2 ?
  • The Expression of Interest which TERENA sent out
    immediately after the June 2002 GA, to declare
    its interest in creating and coordination
    Networks of Excellence.
  • Objectives
  • To create proactive collaborations among European
    research organisations, campuses and top experts
    in the advanced networking activities.
  • to create a Network of Excellence to pull
    together the top experts in the following areas
  • ? Lower Layers Technology (Ipv6, MPLS, VPNs,
  • ? Quality of Service (DIFFserv, Premium
  • ? Video-Conferencing, Streaming and IP Telephony
  • ? Content Delivery, Indexing and Searching
    (Portals, Semantic WEB,)
  • ? Middleware (Security, Authentication,
    Authorisation, )
  • ? Mobility (IP Roaming, Users Mobility,)
  • ? GRIDs

FP6 - C2NRE2 (2)
  • TERENA proposed role
  • exactly what its Terms of Reference are aimed
  • And to cluster a number of proposals for NoE
    which just cover one specific field, and overlaps
    with the existing TERENA TFs and activities
    (examples in optical networking, Middleware,)

FP6 - C2NRE2 (3)
  • TTC and TEC believes that the NoE are a quite
    good instrument to enhance the already ongoing
    activities in the TERENA SIAs, extending their
    penetration inside the campuses and research
    organisations, as suggested also by the GA and
    TAC discussion in June 2002.

FP6 - C2NRE2 (4)
  • How?
  • Still a number of details being investigated
  • Taking contacts with "single field" NoE proposals
    wich are being made public