Reinventing the internet: How IRINA, a GÉANT Open Call project aims to lead the paradigm shift
Cambridge, UK | 9 December 2014
Could research and education networks build the new internet?
- Research and education internet networks have always led internet innovation, from video conferencing to peer-to-peer file sharing.
- GÉANT is a vast, state-of-the-art research and education network providing quasi-unlimited bandwidth to 50 million scientists, researchers and students across Europe.
- Unlike commercial networks, which tend to focus on the short-term, GÉANT and its NREN (National Research and Education Network) partners are in a strong position to push boundaries: piloting and deploying revolutionary innovations.
IRINA is a GÉANT Open Call funded project investigating RINA (Recursive InterNetwork Architecture) in the research and education environment, using NREN and GÉANT architecture.
The underlying technology at the core of the internet is over 40 years old, which means the prevalent TCP/IP network architecture has been applied in situations it was never designed for.
IRINA seeks to test a new architecture that better supports distributed computing.
Building a better internet
The IRINA project aims to:
- Compare RINA against the current networking state-of-the-art and relevant clean-slate architecture currently under research.
- Perform a use-case study of how RINA could be better used in the NREN scenarios.
- Showcase a laboratory trial of the study.
IRINA will be using the RINA prototype developed by the
IRATI project in order to provide a lab mock-up showing how RINA could be used in the NRENs and GÉANT scenario.
The success of IRINA could lead to field trials of the Recursive InterNet Architecture, paving the way for increased security, reliability and scalability of internet networks and, ultimately, provide a safer and improved internet experience for everyone.
GÉANT Open Call
The challenges faced by NRENs and researchers from the Data Deluge are huge. The volume of data being generated by research is many orders of magnitude greater than even five years ago and existing network paradigms may not be able to cope. Looking towards future generations of networking technologies, GÉANT awarded funding to IRINA as part of a wider Open Call initiative to study future networking systems, to help NRENs understand the issues and plan solutions.
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GÉANT Open Calls
As part of the GÉANT Innovation Programme, the GÉANT Open Call projects bring in fresh ideas and support new uses of the network. There are 21 projects within the Open Call initiative, each aligned to one of the GÉANT project’s joint research activities within its innovation programme. All Open Call projects sit within one of four subject areas:
- Applications and Tools – supporting advanced research activities and projects.
- Authentication – helping support secure end-to-end authentication of systems and people.
- Network Architecture and Optical Projects – studying future networking systems.
- SDN - exploring Software Defined Networking potential to meet new networking demands.
The power of the GÉANT network and those of its National Research and Education Network partner networks comes from the applications researchers use across them. By developing innovative uses for the network, barriers to research can be broken down and collaboration across Europe is increased. These activities have been designed to investigate how the GÉANT network can support advanced research activities and projects.
About the GÉANT network and project
GÉANT is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). Together we connect over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe, supporting research in areas such as energy, the environment, space and medicine.
Operating at speeds of up to 500Gbps and reaching over 100 national networks worldwide, GÉANT remains the largest and most advanced research and education network in the world.
Co-funded by the European Commission under the EU’s 7th Research and Development Framework Programme, the GÉANT network is a flagship e-Infrastructure key to achieving the European Research Area – a seamless and open European space for online research – and assuring world-leading connectivity between Europe and the rest of the world in support of global research collaborations.
The network and associated services comprise the GÉANT (GN3plus) project, a collaborative effort comprising 39 project partners: 37 European NRENs, GÉANT Association (formerly DANTE and TERENA), and NORDUnet (representing the 5 Nordic countries). GÉANT is operated the GÉANT Association on behalf of Europe’s NRENs.
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