International projects

We gained significant international credit thanks to our results in the area of advanced networking technologies and applications. We participate in a number of international projects:

AARC (Authentication and Authorization for Research and Collaboration)
Period: 05/2015–04/2019

Programme: H2020-EINFRA-2014-2 „Research and Innovation Action (RIA)”

The goal of AARC is to address technical and functional gaps that prevent the interoperability of existing R&E AAIs. AARC objectives are: Deliver the design of an integrated cross-discipline AAI framework (eduGAIN), increase the uptake of federated access within different research communities, pilot critical components of the proposed integrated AAI, and validate the results by engaging with the research communities.

Clock network services: Strategy and innovation for clock services over optical-fibre networks (CLONETS)
Period: 01/2017–06/2019

Programme: H2020-INFRAINNOV-2016-2017, Coordination and Support Action (CSA)

The project objective is to build a partnership for a pan-European network of photonic services, particularly “high performance time and frequency (clock) services”.

Period: 11/2017–04/2020

Programme: H2020

TThe key concept proposed in the DEEP Hybrid DataCloud project is the need to support intensive computing techniques that require specialized HPC hardware, like GPUs or low latency interconnects, to explore very large datasets. A Hybrid Cloud approach enables the access to such resources that are not easily reachable by the researchers at the scale needed in the current EU e-infrastructure. We also propose to deploy under the common label of “DEEP as a Service” a set of building blocks that enable the easy development of applications requiring these techniques: deep learning using neural networks, parallel post-processing of very large data, and analysis of massive online data streams. Three pilot applications exploiting very large datasets in Biology, Physics and Network Security are proposed, and further pilots for dissemination into other areas like Medicine, Earth Observation, Astrophysics, and Citizen Science will be supported in a testbed with significant HPC resources, including latest generation GPUs, to evaluate the performance and scalability of the solutions. A DevOps approach will be implemented to provide the chain to ensure the quality of the software and services released, that will also be offered to the developers of research applications. The project will evolve to TRL8 existing services and technologies at TRL6+, including relevant contributions to the EOSC by the INDIGO-DataCloud H2020 project, that the project will enrich with new functionalities already available as prototypes, notably the support for GPUs and low latency interconnects. These services will be deployed in the project testbed, offered to the research communities linked to the project through pilot applications, and integrated under the EOSC framework, where they can be further scaled up in the future.

ELIXIR-EXCELERATE: Fast-track ELIXIR implementation and drive early user exploitation across the life-sciences
Period: 09/2015–08/2019

Programme: H2020-INFRADEV-1-2015-1, Topic: INFRADEV-3-2015

Project aims to establish European infrastructure for life scences. It should provide computational environment, data storage facilities and unique tools for the bioinformatical science community. CESNET participates in the Technical services activity which task is to create common framnework for provisioning of computing and data storage services.

GN4-3 Research and Education Networking
Period: 01/2019–12/2022

Programme: H2020

GÉANT communications infrastructure currently makes network services available to approximately 40 million users at more than 3,500 institutions in 38 European countries. The connectivity provided includes connection of European National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) via GÉANT with similar networks such as the Internet2 and ESnet in the USA, the CANARIE in Canada and networks on other continents. The seven years framework project GÉANT2020 was launched in May 2015.

GN4-3 is the ongoing third phase of the GEANT2020 project. The project is a follow-up on the implementation defined in the framework agreement (FPA) made between the GÉANT Consortium and the European Commission in April 2015 for a period of 68 months. The project objective is to develop a pan-European communications infrastructure for GÉANT R&D and to follow up on the implementation of the projects GN4-1 and GNA4-2.

PaNOSC – Photon and Neutron Open Science Cloud
Period: 01/2019 – 12/2022

Programme: H2020-EU. – Developing new world-class research infrastructures

PaNOSC will build on top of the existing local meta-data catalogues and data repositories to provide federated services for making data easily Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable (FAIR). Extracting the scientific value of the experimental data produced in our RIs is not always an easy task. The raw data tends to be larger and larger and quite often required special skills for being correctly exploited. PaNOSC will develop and provide data analysis services to overcome these difficulties. The services will include notebook (Jupyter based), remote desktop applications and containers or VMs. These services will be provided locally by the RIs for their users (especially when they are on site or when the volume of data is too huge to be exported), the same services should also be available on the EOSC for general use. The data analysis services will offer in a single user experience the data, the software, the IT capacity and the necessary scientific support. All these services should be fully integrated into the EOSC catalogue.

PROTECTIVE – Proactive Risk management througt Improved Cyber Situational Awarene
Period: 09/2016 – 08/2019

Programme: H2020-DS-2015-1, Innovation Action (IA)

The main objective of the project is to create a pilot system for timely submission and analysis of events related to the national cyberspace. The system will enable information mining and sharing among the involved security teams, including the national and governmental teams of the Czech Republic, with the aim of being able to predict the progress of an attack and warn the involved infrastructures.

There are many completed international projects in which we participated.

Last change: 4.1.2019