CESNET the only participant actively involved in the Future Internet PPP research project in the Czech Republic

Prague, 30 May 2014. The CESNET Association is the only entity in the Czech Republic to be actively involved in the European research project Future Internet – Public Private Partnership. Its aim is to establish a large pan-European experimental and development infrastructure (so-called Extra Large Testbed), which would reflect the latest networking and application trends. Thanks to the diversification of services provided by the constituent partners, the infrastructure should be a primary testing element for outcomes from the Future Internet projects, for example in the areas of smart cities, transport and logistics, agriculture, energy and mobility. The impulse for the European Commission, which initiated the project, was the fragmentation and isolation of the different experimental infrastructures (small testbeds).

The European research and testing infrastructure FI-PPP XIFI (eXperimental Infrastructure for Future Internet) is composed of and operated by a consortium of 35 institutions in both the public and private sectors in eleven countries. CESNET, along with PSNC (Poland) and WIGNER (Hungary) are the only new partners in Central Europe. Of all the new partners, CESNET was the very first to successfully integrate in the FI-PPP XIFI Federation, chiefly thanks to its multi-domain readiness.

CESNET succeeded with its project proposal intended for the second phase of the call for expansion of the development and experimental infrastructure. The proposal was positively evaluated primarily due to a strong background in R&D activities, involvement in international projects and long-term experience of operating the national e-infrastructure. The uniqueness of the offered services (particularly the remote-access optical testbed), E2E L2 circuits, CESNET NOC support and, last but not least, convenient geographical location and backup hosting of a GÉANT node directly on the association’s premises, were highlighted.

The international interconnection of the constituent nodes, evenly geographically distributed across Europe, takes place via the GEANT research and education network, using its advanced services. At present, these are notably the L3 MD-VPN with an outlook to the L2 SDN level and maybe even lower in future (SDN control of optical channels).

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The CESNET Association was founded by Czech universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 1996. It is engaged in research and development in information and communication technologies and builds and develops the CESNET national e-infrastructure for research and education. With its research activities and accomplishments, CESNET represents the Czech Republic in international projects, most notably the pan-European GÉANT network building project and grid projects (EGI.eu), and participates actively in their implementation.

Press release, May 30, 2014

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