Croatian Academic and Research Network – CARNet has been participating for a number of years in international GÉANT (Multi-Gigabit European Academic Network) projects co-financed by the European Union. CARNet was admitted to the GÉANT consortium as early as 2001, when the first generation of GÉANT was launched, and in September 2004 CARNet actively joined the work on the GÉANT2 project, and its involvement significantly contributed to that project and the construction and development of a pan-European network. Through GÉANT, all CARNet users (school children, teachers, college and university students, professors, scientists and employees in CARNet member institutions) have a direct connection with their colleagues from 40 European countries and more than 8000 research and education institutions. The third generation of GÉANT projects, i.e. the GÉANT 3 project, in which CARNet is also actively involved, is currently in progress. We bring you information on GÉANT 3 and CARNet's role in the project, and here you can find everything about the history of GÉANT.
CARNet in the GÉANT 3 project
The GÉANT 3 project was launched in April 2009. It is supported and financed by the European Union with 93 million euros through the 7th EC Framework Programme, a special research and technology development programme. It was intended as a follow-up to the GÉANT2 project and represents the third generation of GÉANT. The planned duration of the project is 4 years, and 36 European countries are involved.
The main feature of the GÉANT 2 project was its revolutionary development technology, whereas the GÉANT 3 is designed to be revolutionary in the construction of services which will be provided to users.
The focus of the GÉANT 3 project is the development of Service Activities (SA), i.e. activities developing specific services. These service activities will be supplemented by Joint Research Activities (JRA). Project mission is building an innovative multidomain hybrid network infrastructure which provides the scientific and research community and its users with flexible, scalable and high-quality services through partner research and education networks.
Work on the project has been divided into three categories of activities:
SA- Service Activities
- SA1: Network architecture procurement and operations
- SA2: Multidomain network service operation
- SA3: End user services
- SA4: Software Governance
JRA- Joint Research Activities
- JRA1: Future network
- JRA2: Multi domain resources and services
- JRA3: Enabling communities
NA- Network Activities
- NA1: Project Management
- NA2: Joint dissemination and outreach
- NA3: Status and Trends
- NA4: Liaison and support
As part of the above activities within the project, CARNet employees, in cooperation with the SRCE University Computing Centre employees, have been involved in the work of the following working groups: SA2 T3, SA2 T4, SA3 T2, SA3 T3, SA3 T4, SA4 T1, SA4 T2, JRA1 T3, JRA3 T1, JRA3 T2.
For more information on the project, visit http://www.geant.net/.