CESNET to Celebrate 20 Years with a Remote Virtual Concert and More

logo-20letPrague, Friday 8 March 2016. The association of Czech universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic will be celebrating 20 years of its existence. While developing the national research and education e-infrastructure, the association has also been working on its own development in the area of network technologies and network applications. It was founded on 6 March 1996. Soon the association assumed construction of a high-performance computer network interconnecting universities and individual workplaces of the Academy of Sciences, with parameters matching those of foreign networks. The CESNET e-infrastructure now belongs among the top European networks. The domestic academic community takes advantage of a cutting edge network connection, matching the ever growing needs of today’s science and research. Czech experts can take part in the largest international science and research projects.

The association will commemorate its 20th anniversary at a gala event, taking place on Thursday, 10 March at premises of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The event co-organized by the Senate’s Committee for Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights and Petitions, will host many prominent figures. The meeting will be opened by the Vice-chair of the Committee for Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights and Petitions, Senator Prof. Eva Syková, DrSc. Speeches will also be given by the Deputy Minister of the Education, Youth and Sports, Mr. Robert Plaga, Ph.D. CESNET speakers will include the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Prof. Miroslav Tůma, CSc., and the General Manager, Mr. Jan Gruntorád, CSc., leading the association for the past 20 years. Specialized presentations will follow.

To close the event the association will organize a “remote concert”, demonstrating one of the ways opening up with the latest advances in technology for the modern information society. Within the concert various artists will perform without being all physically present at one spot. While four members of the Ančerl String Quartet will be playing Dvořák’s Opus 81 in the main hall of the Wallenstein Palace, the pianist Bogdan Nicola will accompany them from Copenhagen, Denmark. The Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen will take part in the project.

High-speed transfers of audio and video in top quality with minimal latency represent one of the areas that the CESNET association has been engaged in over the long term. Typical examples are live broadcasts of medical procedures directly from operating theatres as part of the education of medicine students and doctors. CESNET does not neglect the area of culture either. There have been several cybernetic performances similar to the one presented to attendees of the Thursday celebration organized by the association at home and abroad.

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. The association also works on the use of high-speed networks for sharing multimedia data both through synchronous video conferencing and shared applications, and asynchronous streaming.

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