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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CPCSA | Phase: INFRA-2008-1.2.1 | Award Amount: 177.68M | Year: 2009

The objective of this proposal is the creation of a leading edge network supporting a much enhanced range of both network and added value services targeted at end-users across the GANT service area. A principal goal will be to create a portfolio of seamless multi-domain services. In contrast to its predecessor, GN2, much more emphasis is placed on service development and service introduction.Initiatives are planned in the areas of multi-domain network service operation, where it is planned to organise quick and efficient provisioning of advanced services, develop operational support crossing management domains and security to ensure service integrity and protection of network resources. This will be complemented by the development of end-user services in a federated environment which will focus on the creation of generic meta-services, particularly in the context of security as well as further developments in the area of Roaming Services.Individual Tasks within the Joint Research Activities (JRAs) will be of shorter duration and more targeted than in GN2. The initial JRAs will deal with a critical analysis of future networking technologies as well as research into new services both from the point of supporting the development of new services as well as researching into enhancements to the emerging service portfolio (monitoring, mobility and resources management).These will be supported by Networking Activities (NAs) dealing with both internal and external project communications. A particular emphasis of the NAs will be to support and encourage the take up of services among end-users by working closely with NRENs. The need to develop this theme co-operatively with other world regions is recognised by the inclusion of an activity specifically targeted to achieve this.A committee of the NREN proposers (NREN Policy Committee) deals with overall policy and a Project Board (Executive Committee in GN2) oversees its implementation. This will be strengthened by the cr

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: INFRA-2011-3.4. | Award Amount: 4.46M | Year: 2011

Between 2007 and 2010 the ORIENT project provided the first high capacity link between GEANT and China with FP6 funding support and successfully enabled many innovative EU-China research and application collaborations to flourish. ORIENTplus addresses Section 3.4 domain (f) of the call (International cooperation in Research and Education Networking addressing (i) the extension of the European infrastructure to China ) to maintain and further develop infrastructure between GEANT and China that is open for use by all European and Chinese researchers. ORIENTplus requires EC funding support to increase the capacity and offer point to point services on the link during the project term.\n\nIn ORIENT China was formally represented by CERNET; this time CERNET and CSTNET are equal partners, reflecting the strengthening research network relationships between the regions and offering scope for coordinated operational and user support.\n\nThe ORIENTplus proposal has been constructed taking account of the deep expertise of both the European and Chinese partners and building on the experiences of working together in ORIENT. CERNET and CSTNET, are each committing 1M Euro towards the link costs with CERNETs funding already maintaining the link during first 6 months of 2011. The EC and European NRENs will match the Chinese commitment over the period to the end of ORIENTplus to reflect the high mutual benefit to China and Europe, with 0.94M of the funds provided by the EC .\nThe focus of the proposal is to support the infrastructure link. In addition the proposal sets out unfunded supporting activities to optimise the performance of the link, promote the use of the link, and provide users with technical support.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EINFRA-7-2014 | Award Amount: 2.95M | Year: 2015

The goal of AARC is to address technical and functional gaps that prevent the interoperability of existing R&E AAIs. AARC objectives are: 1. Deliver the design of an integrated cross-discipline AAI framework, built on federated access production services (eduGAIN) 2. Increase the uptake of federated access within different research communities 3. Pilot critical components of the proposed integrated AAI where existing production services do not address user needs 4. Validate the results of both the JRA and SA by engaging with the research communities AARC goals will be achieved by: Researching main technical (attribute providers, guest IdPs, support for non-web SSO) and policy aspects (level of assurance, security incidents, etc) Supporting (commercial) services relevant to the R&E community Delivering training to targeted user communities (e.g. libraries, biomedical, arts and humanities) on both technical and legal aspects Relevance to the work programme: 1. Facilitate the deployment and promotion of a pan-European identity federation Met by: Designing an AAI framework that builds on federated access and on the evolution of eduGAINs interfederation approach Extensive dissemination of AARC results 2. Lower barriers to entry for organisations Met by: Delivering tools to enable federated access for institutions, services and guest users (also meets obj. Allow for public access at large) Delivering technical training tailored to institutions and services following the train-the-trainer model (also meets obj. Offer training and outreach for data professionals) 3. Overcome technical, organisational and legal obstacles Met by: Policies and best practices for operational and security aspects for the integrated AAI Training on legal aspects, built on experience with eduGAIN 4. Enable the interoperability of different AAIs Met by: Models to offer collective services and to aggregate their accounting information Pilots on security token

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: INFRA-2012-3.3. | Award Amount: 2.12M | Year: 2012

CHAIN-REDS vision is to promote and support technological and scientific collaboration across different eInfrastructures established and operated in various continents, in order to facilitate their uptake and use by established and emerging Virtual Research Communities (VRCs) but also by single researchers, promoting instruments and practices that can facilitate their inclusion in the community of users. The project aims to support and disseminate the best practices currently adopted in Europe and other continents, and promote and facilitate interoperability among different regional eInfrastructures. CHAIN-REDS gathers the main stakeholders of regional eInfrastructures, collectively engaged in studying and defining a path towards a global eInfrastructure ecosystem that will allow VRCs, research groups and even single researchers to access and efficiently use worldwide distributed resources (i.e. computing, storage, data, services, tools, applications). The core objective of CHAIN-REDS project is to promote, coordinate and support the effort of a critical mass of non-European eInfrastructures for Research and Education to collaborate with Europe addressing interoperability and interoperation of Grids and other Distributed Computing Infrastructures. From this perspective, CHAIN-REDS will optimise the interoperation of European infrastructures with those present in other 6 regions of the world, both from development and use point of view, and catering to different communities.\nOverall, CHAIN-REDs will provide input for future strategies and decision-making regarding collaboration with other regions on eInfrastructure deployment and availability of related data; it will raise the visibility of eInfrastructures towards intercontinental audiences, covering most of the world and will provide support to establish globally connected and interoperable infrastructures, in particular between EU and the developing regions.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.6 | Award Amount: 3.25M | Year: 2010

NOVI (Networking innovations Over Virtualized Infrastructures) research concentrates on efficient approaches to compose virtualized e-Infrastructures towards a holistic Future Internet (FI) cloud service. Resources belonging to various levels, i.e. networking, storage and processing are in principle managed by separate yet interworking providers. NOVI will concentrate on methods, information systems and algorithms that will enable users with composite isolated slices, baskets of resources and services provided by federated infrastructures.\nNOVI will investigate federation at the data, control, monitoring and provisioning planes of constituent FI infrastructures. A user ideally expects seamless and secure access to virtual resources distributed across multiple domains. The complex nature of the federated infrastructure requires adoption of common definitions and abstractions of virtualized resources. Within this context, NOVI will propose and test resource description data models and abstraction algorithms, incorporating Semantic Web concepts. Predictable and accountable service delivery will be further addressed by investigating monitoring and resource brokerage methods in multi-domain virtualized infrastructures. Secure, authenticated access is a key requirement for a service cloud. NOVI will assess options of federated AAI schemas as they pertain to multi-domain FI environments.\nSome of the models and methods developed within NOVI are expected to enrich the FIRE facility, contributing to the creation of a blueprint of FI federated infrastructures. NOVIs research will be validated by deploying early prototypes on federating resources of virtualization platforms, initially PlanetLab Europe and FEDERICA. In fact the consortium includes key players of these two e-Infrastructures. NOVI participants (network research laboratories) will act as guinea pigs for experiments, promoting adoption by the wider FI community and substantiating input to standardization bodies.

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