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The terena technical programme

The TERENA Technical Programme

Claudio Allocchio

VP Technical Programme

TERENA General Assembly

Prague, 24-25 October 2002

Terms of reference
Terms of Reference

The scope of the TERENA Technical Programme is:

  • To supports joint European work in developing, evaluating, testing, integrating and promoting new networking, middleware and application technologies.

  • To bring together technical specialists from TERENA member organisations and the wider European research networking community.

  • To organise topical workshops and ad-hoc meetings to exchange experiences and information, and to plan for joint activities.

  • To liaises with similar activities in other continents.

Terms of reference 2
Terms of Reference (2)

Inside the Technical Programme we have the

  • Technical Advisory Council,

  • TERENA Technical Committee,

  • a number of Special Interest Areas,

  • Task Forces,

  • Projects.

Technical advisory council
Technical Advisory Council

The TAC consists of representatives of the TERENA member organisations (= the senior technical managers of those organisations), the Task Force leaders, the VP Technical Programme, the Chief Technical Officer and the Secretary General.

TheTAC is a main instrument for the TERENA member organisations to steer the direction of the technical work under the TERENA umbrella.

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Technical Advisory Council

The TAC meets at least once a year to:

  • Review the progress of the Technical Programme

  • Advise on the future direction of the Technical Programme

  • Propose new initiatives

  • Exchange information about networking activities

  • Propose TTC members

    At least once every two years, the TAC also reviews the Special Interest Areas (done on Monday June 3rd 2002)

    A stronger role for the TAC all year round?

Terena technical committee
TERENA Technical Committee

The TTC co-ordinates and supervises the Technical Programme. It has the functions to:

  • Create and dissolve Task Forces

  • Consider project proposals and recommend to the TEC whether they should be approved as TERENA projects and, if applicable, whether they should receive TERENA funding

  • Assess the progress of Task Forces and projects

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TERENA Technical Committee

The current composition of the TTC is:

  • Claudio Allocchio - VP Technical Programme

  • Roberto Barbera - GRID

  • David Chadwick - Directories

  • Christoph Graf - Security

  • Dimitrios Kalogeras - High Speed Networking

  • Olav Kvittem - Diffserv and Quality of Service

  • Ton Verschuren - Middleware

  • John Dyer - Chief Technical Officer

  • Valentino Cavalli - acting Chief Technical Officer

  • Karel Vietsch - Secretary General

    Liaison with US-MACE Committee:

  • Brian Gilmore

Special interest areas
Special Interest Areas

The TEC may create a maximum ofsixSpecial Interest Areas, usually based on the recommendation of the TAC. The Special Interest Areas

  • determine the focus of the TERENA Technical Programme

  • offer a forum for discussion and exchange of information

  • provide a platform for creating new Task Forces and projects

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Special Interest Areas

The current Special Interest Areas (June 2002) are:

  • Lower Layers (IPv6, MPLS, VPNs etc.)

  • Quality of Service (including DiffServ)

  • Videoconferencing and Streaming (Including IP Telephony)

  • Content Delivery, Indexing and Searching

  • Middleware

  • Mobility

  • In addition, Grid and Campus coordination across the SIAs

Task forces and projects
Task Forces and Projects

A Task Force is a focused group with a specific charter, which defines its objectives, its lifetime and the deliverables that the group will produce

A Minor Project is a limited activity that produces specific deliverables within a few months and that is (partially) funded directly from TERENA’s own resources

A Major Project is a larger activity covering a longer period. Major projects are funded by additional contributions from TERENA member organisations and possibly other sources

An External Project is an activity in which TERENA staff members themselves take an active part and that is co-funded by third parties such as the EU

Lower layers and qos tf ngn
Lower Layers and QoSTF-NGN

TF-NGN investigates the suitability of advanced networking technologies for future implementation in research networks in Europe. The work includes the piloting of new services on GÉANT.

Very active Task Force with a large membership and a large number of activity areas; the updated list of activities is in tune with the GÉANT roadmap for year 3 and includes:

  • intra/inter-domain Network Monitoring Infrastructure including the definition and organisation of a Performance Emergency Response Team (PERT)

  • Optical developments

  • Multicast

  • IPv6 deployment

  • Support for Layer 2 VPNs

Lower layers and qos 6net project
Lower Layers and QoS6NET project

Very large FP5 project for a large-scale international IPv6 testbed. January 2002 – December 2004. Total estimated budget 17 million euro.

More than 30 participants, the consortium was extended with the national research networks of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic and ETRI, Korea.

  • Latest news: Full IPv6 test network operational, tests are being scheduled now. Project review in Paris on 30 October 2002

    TERENA’s role:

  • Leading the workpackage on dissemination and exploitation of results

  • Maintaining the 6NET website (IPv6 enabled):

  • Organising workshops (Joint 6NET-Euro6IX workshop, Limerick 5 June 2002, next one May-June 2003)

Lower layers and qos 6link project
Lower Layers and QoS6LINK project

Small accompanying measure in FP5 to support the IPv6 cluster activities. March 2002 – February 2005. Total estimated budget 1 million euro.

Project partners are:

BT Exact, Telscom, T-Nova, University of Southampton, Consulintel, University College London, Polytechnical University of Madrid, Motorola, DANTE, TERENA, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

TERENA’s role is very small: 1 man-month per year

  • Contribution to IPv6 Cluster meeting, next one 6 November 2002

Lower layers and qos tequila project
Lower Layers and QoSTEQUILA project

FP5 project to specify, implement and test a set of service definition and traffic engineering tools to obtain QoS guarantees across IP networks. Total estimated budget 5.9 million euro. January 2000 – June 2002, extended until October 2002.

Project participants are:

Alcatel, Algosystems, France Telecom R&D, Global Crossing, University of Surrey, IMEC, NTU Athens, University College London. TERENA is assistant contractor to UCL.

TERENA’s role:

  • Maintaining the TEQUILA website:

  • Organising workshops (last one in Maastricht on 14-15 May 2002)

Lower layers and qos scampi project
Lower Layers and QoSSCAMPI project

Large FP5 project to develop a SCAlable Monitoring Platform for the Internet. April 2002 – September 2004. Total estimated budget 5.5 million euro.

Project participants are:

TERENA, IMEC, FORTH, Leiden University, Netikos, UNINETT, CESNET, FORTHNET, 4PLUS, Siemens

TERENA’s role:

  • Project co-ordinator

  • Leading the workpackage on project management and dissemination

  • Maintaining the SCAMPI website

  • Organising workshops (1st Workshop will be held in Amsterdam in January 2003)

Videoconferencing and streaming
Videoconferencing and Streaming

IP telephony

  • Last meeting combined with TF-STREAM in Limerick on 2 June 2002

  • Great interest in TERENA coordinating the production of an IP Telephony Cookbook

  • Major project proposal submitted to TTC in September 2003

Videoconferencing and streaming ip telephony cokbook project 1
Videoconferencing and StreamingIP Telephony Cokbook Project (1)

Project objectives:

  • overview of available technologies and trends for the near future

  • models / scenarios for deploying IP telephony and building a IP Telephony infrastructure

  • guidelines on

    • IP Telephony protocols and basic services set up

    • how to set-up advanced services

    • how to connect an IP Telephony island to a wider “dialing plan”

  • regulatory and legal aspects

  • experiences on interoperability of IP Telephony equipment

  • information about IP telephony projects in Europe

Videoconferencing and streaming ip telephony cokbook project 2
Videoconferencing and StreamingIP Telephony Cokbook Project (2)

Cookbook contents:

  •  Introduction

  • Technology Background

  • IP Telephony Scenarios

  • Setting up Basic services

  • Setting up Advanced Services (telephony-centric)

  • Setting up Value-Added Service (additional to tel. services)

  • Global telephony integration

  • Regulatory / Legal considerations

    A) European IP Telephony Projects

    B) IP Telephony Hardware/Software

Videoconferencing and streaming ip telephony cokbook project 3
Videoconferencing and StreamingIP Telephony Cokbook Project (3)

Main partners:

  • University of Pisa, TZI University of Bremen, FhG Fokus

    Project contributors:

  • CESNET, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, GRNET, SURFnet

    Project size:

  • 11 months duration with a total of 11 person-months.

  • Requested financial contribution 64,800 Eur

    TTC (September 2002) recommended:

  • Relevant to Community needs

  • Fund as major project with 10 kEUR funding from TERENA and remaining funding from number of other parties

Middleware security tf csirt
MiddlewareSecurity: TF-CSIRT

TF-CSIRT provides a platform for information exchange and collaboration between Computer Security Incident Response Teams from NRENs, industry and government. Very active Task Force with a large membership. Some 30 CSIRTs actively participate, meetings have some 50 attendees. Latest meeting held in Syros, GR on 26-27 September 2002 .

Ongoing activities include:

  • The task force has established a working group on best-current-practice in CSIRTs to assist in the establishment of new CSIRTs

  • Clearinghouse for incident handling

  • IODEF Pilot Project results expected at the end of 2002 (

Middleware security trusted introducer pilot service
MiddlewareSecurity: Trusted Introducer pilot service

TI provides a form of accreditation of CSIRTs, thereby assisting the development of a ‘Web of Trust’. Currently 30 CSIRTs accredited and 79 listed.

The Trusted Introducer continues as a permanent service starting from 1 September 2002, with TERENA continuing to provide clearinghouse function.

A meeting of accredited CSIRTs was organised in Syros, Greece on 26 September 2002 .

Middleware security transits project
MiddlewareSecurity: TRANSITS project

FP5 project to provide TRAining of Network Security Incident Teams Staff. Started on 1 July 2002, will run for 3 years. Total estimated budget 250,000 euro.

Will develop and maintain course materials to train staff members of new CSIRTs and new staff members of existing CSIRTs. EU funding covers logistics costs, expenses of teachers and includes small budget to support participants from “poor” countries.

Project participants areTERENA and UKERNA

Scheduled Training Courses:

  • Oegstgeest, the Netherlands from 31 October – 1 November 2002

  • Warsaw, Poland from 27-28 May 2003

Middleware directories

TF-LSD investigates the usability of LDAPv3 as a base for a wide range of Internet services

A proposal for extending and/or re-chartering and/or merging with TF-AACE will be discussed at the next meeting in Stockholm on 27 November 2002

  • Work on deliverables continuing until re-chartering

    Project “Adding Certificate Retrieval to OpenLDAP”

  • Progressing on schedule and approaching now final deliverables and results

    Project “DEEP2 Schema for the European Academia” (EuroEduPerson)

  • First result of Questionnaire currently being analysed, more responses will be accepted until TF-LSD meeting in November 2002

    Project “Directory Schema Registry”

  • Contract started on 1 August 2002, will run for 12 months

Middleware authentication and authorisation
MiddlewareAuthentication and authorisation

TF-AACE, the Task Force for Authentication, Authorisation Coordination for Europe was officially established in April 2002. The next meeting will be in Stockholm on 27 November 2002, preceded by a TF-AACE workshop on 26 November and followed by the Nordic GNOMIS workshop on 28-29 November.

Work items include:

  • Defining interoperability requirements for European academic PKIs, including guidelines for PKI deployment at NRENs

  • Defining common requirements for inter-institutional authentication and authorisation, providing a framework for harmonising NREN initiatives

  • Investigation/comparison of use of hierarchical and bridge PKI/CA and making recommendation for European NRENs


Architecture to support “roaming” of students between different NRENs

  • Chartering new TERENA task force

  • Meeting on 28 October 2002, Amsterdam

    Proposed Work

  • Study available AuthN & AuthZ techniques

    • Web-based, RADIUS+802.1x, VPNs

  • Study support of next generation equipment for MobileIP (v4 and v6)

  • Set up a test bed for inter-NREN AuthN & AuthZ

  • Liaise with TF-AACE and TF-NGN

Seeren project
SEEREN project

Large FP5 Accompanying Measure to support South-Eastern European Research & Education Networking. Fall 2002 + 18 months. Total estimated budget about 1.3 million euro.

Project participants:


Subcontractors are NRENs of:

Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYROM, FRY

TERENA`s role:

  • Contribute to analyse technical & operational requirements (0.09 PM up to month 3)

  • Contribute to dissemination activities, brochures, workshops, liaisons (1.13 PM)


  • TERENA staff and TTC closely following developments, e.g. in Global Grid Forum and events (iGRID 2002), exchanging information and knowledge

  • TERENA disseminating information to bridge the GRID and the European research networking community

  • Proposing to participate in FP6 GRID initiatives as a major dissemination partner (see also slides on new activities)

Gnrt guide to network resource tools
GNRTGuide to Network Resource Tools

  • A completely revised, modularly structured new edition of the GNRT is currently being produced.

  • Many sections are available for review, a few sections are being prepared now

  • First preview expected end 2002

  • … maybe a new title if we publish again the book?

Eu tld
".eu" TLD

We discussed at the TEC about the involvement that TERENA should have into the management of the coming ".eu" TLD.

We strongly believe that TERENA role should be to represent the R&E community into its Policy Board.

Activities in fp6
Activities in FP6


  • GRID, Dissemination activity


  • Optical networking testbed, Co-ordination and dissemination activities


  • Network of Excellence, Co-ordination…

Fp6 egee

What is EGEE ?

An Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (III) to create and deploy Grid Technologies for e-Science and Industry


  • integrating Grid technological developments from across Europe;

  • establishing a Europe-wide Grid infrastructure for science and industry with a focus on heterogeneity and interoperability;

  • enabling the creation of e-Science applications from across the scientific and industrial spectrum;

  • ensuring the timely delivery of the project’s programme of work, guided by the needs of academic and industrial partners.

Fp6 egee 2
FP6 - EGEE (2)

Participants (up to now):

Members from current Grid initiatives in Europe, Research bodies, Universities, NRENs, …

( check the Position Papers at: )

TERENA proposed role:

  • Major Disseminating partner in the Consortium

  • A very good method to easily bridge between the TERENA TFs activities and results relevant to Grids (expecially Middleware) and the ongoing activities in the Grid projects

Fp6 egee 3
FP6 - EGEE (3)

Where TERENA fits?

EGEE proposes a large number of Dissemination Acitivites, both to the R&E community and to the SMEs, and more.

TERENA will take over the training and dissemination activities to the R&E community, including the NRENs, Research Organisations and Univerisities, complementing the one towards the SMEs and more.

Fp6 egee 4
FP6 - EGEE (4)

TTC and TEC recommend that TERENA takes part in the proposal, and joins the Consortium, partecipating as a contractor when the appropriate FP6 call is issued.


  • It follows the TAC and GA recommendation to be involved and closely follow Grid activities

  • It involves activities in line with the recommendation to "close the gap" between the Campus and End users and the NRENs activities

  • It contributes the large TERENA TFs know how to the other GRID active partners in a natural and "internal" way.

Fp6 egee 5
FP6 - EGEE (5)


Sending a declaration of intents to the EGEE coordinator

(Fabrizio Gagliardi, CERN)

Other questions:



We need to see FP6 call in order to know the details.

Fp6 aston

What is ASTON ?

A project aimed to study the next generation of lower layers (mostly optical) networking, which also fits quite well into the future needs of GÉANT. Some activities fit into the III pictures, too.


  • 1. Building a pan-European testbed infrastructure

  • 2. Bandwidth on Demand (BoD)

  • 3. Optical circuit (packet) switching

  • 4. IP/Optical Network Management

  • 5. Transport at 40 - 80 Gbit/s and higher

  • 6. 10 Gbit/s Ethernet over long distances

Fp6 aston 2
FP6 - ASTON (2)

GÉANT needs:

  • 10Gb Ethernet over long distance

  • Simple layer2 provisioning

  • Bandwidth on demand

  • 40Gb line-speed

  • Integrate IP and Optical management

Fp6 aston 3
FP6 - ASTON (3)

Participants (up to now):

Members of TF-NGN, but interests expressed also from equipment providers (Juniper, Cisco, Alcatel), carriers and universities

TERENA proposed role:

  • Project Coordination and Dissemination Activities

  • … but open for possible other Project Coordination offers.

Fp6 aston 4
FP6 - ASTON (4)

TTC and TEC recommend that ASTON project is a major interest of the TERENA community, and we should be ready to submit a FP6 proposal in the appropriate area as soon as this is possible.

More over there is currently a significant momentum in this field, and, despite the problems in the Carriers industry which made ASTON focus change into a FP6 long term project, a very active group of TF-NGN members are already organising Work Packages and structuring the activity.

Fp6 aston 5
FP6 - ASTON (5)


  • TF-NGN Optical activities (leader Victor Reijs):

    • Bandwidth on Demand, (Michal Przybilsky, PSNC)

    • 10 GigE over long-distance, (Stanislav Sima, CESNET)

    • Transport at 40 - 80 Gbit/s and higher (Mauro Campanella GARR)

  • FP6 Research Networking Testsbeds (summer/fall 2003)

  • FP6 III (December 2002) for some activities like BoD

Fp6 c2nre2
FP6 - C2NRE2

What is C2NRE2 ?

The Expression of Interest which TERENA sent out immediately after the June 2002 GA, to declare its interest in creating and coordination Networks of Excellence.


  • To create proactive collaborations among European research organisations, campuses and top experts in the advanced networking activities.

  • to create a “Network of Excellence” to pull together the top experts in the following areas:

     Lower Layers Technology (Ipv6, MPLS, VPNs, Optical,…)

     Quality of Service (DIFFserv, Premium Services,…)

     Video-Conferencing, Streaming and IP Telephony

     Content Delivery, Indexing and Searching (Portals, Semantic WEB,…)

     Middleware (Security, Authentication, Authorisation, …)

     Mobility (IP Roaming, Users’ Mobility,…)

     GRIDs

Fp6 c2nre2 2
FP6 - C2NRE2 (2)

TERENA proposed role:

… exactly what its Terms of Reference are aimed to…

And to cluster a number of proposals for NoE which just cover one specific field, and overlaps with the existing TERENA TFs and activities (examples in optical networking, Middleware,…)

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FP6 - C2NRE2 (3)

TTC and TEC believes that the NoE are a quite good instrument to enhance the already ongoing activities in the TERENA SIAs, extending their penetration inside the campuses and research organisations, as suggested also by the GA and TAC discussion in June 2002.

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FP6 - C2NRE2 (4)


Still a number of details being investigated;

Taking contacts with "single field" NoE proposals wich are being made public;