ORIENTplus upgrade supercharges EU-China collaborative research and education
London, UK and Beijing, China | 12 April 2013
Researchers, academics and students across Europe and China are set to benefit from the 10 Gbps upgrade of the ORIENTplus research and education (R&E) Internet link, celebrated at its launch event today in London.
Running between Beijing and London, ORIENTplus offers the shortest and fastest network route between the two regions, enabling innovative EU-China R&E collaborations to flourish. This trans-continental link connects the Chinese national research and education networks (NRENS) CERNET and CSTNET to the 50 million users of the pan-European GÉANT network. Jointly funded until 2014 by the European Union’s FP7 programme, the Chinese government and European and Chinese NRENs, the project is coordinated by research networking organisation DANTE.
At the beginning of this year, the link capacity quadrupled from 2.5Gbps of the predecessor project ORIENT to 10Gbps to keep pace with increased user demand.
ORIENTplus underpins a wide range of data-intensive and/or time-critical scientific collaborations between Europe and China including participation in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and ITER global energy fusion programmes, cosmic ray observation, radio-astronomy and Life Sciences projects. It also enables real-time, interactive knowledge transfer through innovative e-learning tools, such as stable, jitter-free videoconferencing.
The new ORIENTplus connection operates in hybrid mode and can thus carry both IP and point-to-point traffic. In addition to the upgraded link capacity, dynamic point-to-point links will allow the project partners to support user communities with special networking requirements in a more flexible way.
Furthermore, vital research collaborations will be safeguarded through a recent mutual around-the- globe backup agreement between ORIENTplus, CERNET, Internet2 and TransPAC3 which guarantees network resilience and IP service availability by automatically re-routing the traffic via the US in the event of outages or cable cuts.
The ORIENTplus launch event is sponsored by China Unicom Europe
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ORIENTplus is a high capacity e-infrastructure linking European and Chinese researchers. It connects the Chinese national research and education networks (NRENs) CERNET and CSTNET to the 50 million users of the pan-European GÉANT network via a trans-Siberian link between Beijing and London. Jointly funded by the European Union, the Chinese government and European and Chinese NRENs until the end of 2014 it provides the highest capacity connection and the shortest network path between the two regions. ORIENTplus underpins a wide range of data- intensive collaborations including participation in the Large Hadron Collider study, the ITER global energy fusion programme, projects at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, genome research and the ARGO-YBJ cosmic ray observation initiative. ORIENTplus is a joint project of CERNET (China Education and Research Network) CSTNET (China Science and Technology Network) and 9 European NRENs – BASNET (BY), CESNET (CZ), DFN (DE), e-ARENA (RU), Consortium GARR (IT), GRNet (GR), Janet (UK), NORDUnet (DK, FI, IS, NO, SE) and PSNC (PL) - and is co-ordinated by research networking organisation DANTE.
For more information, visit www.orientplus.eu
GÉANT is the high speed European communication network dedicated to research and education. In combination with its NREN partners, GÉANT creates a secure, high-speed research infrastructure that serves 50 million users in over 10,000 institutions across 40 European countries. Building on the success of its predecessors, GÉANT has been created around the needs of users, providing flexible, end-to-end services that transform the way that researchers collaborate. GÉANT is at the heart of global research networking through wide ranging connections with other world regions, underpinning vital projects that bridge the digital divide and benefit society as a whole.
The network and associated services comprise the GÉANT project (GN3plus), a collaborative effort comprising 40 project partners: 37 European NRENs, DANTE, TERENA and NORDUnet (representing the 5 Nordic countries), and 30 Open Call project partners. GÉANT is operated by DANTE on behalf of Europe's NRENs.