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Lightning Talks

Microdep reveals sub-optimal routing

14.00 - 14.05 | Auditorium


Description

Tool development efforts at Sikt (Uninett) over the years have resulted in a very promising monitoring system named Microdep. The last few years Microdep has revealed a significant number of routing related outages which have cause notable down-times for academic internet users, both in Norway, NorduNet and Geant.
The TNC22 lightning talk will motivate and present the system briefy, including its roadmap towards integration with perfSONAR, followed by a live demonstration of its routing event detection abilities.

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  • Jan Meijer

Share a single GPU to multiple VMs through GPU virtualization

14.05 - 14.10 | Auditorium


Description

Nowadays, the number of scientific applications which require the use of GPUs is on the rise, so we configured the GARR Cloud using the GPU virtualization, which allows multiple virtual machines to use the same physical GPU at the same time and allows allocating almost transparently the resources as needed in the Kubernetes clusters deployed on top of Openstack.

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eduroam in Brazil: strategies and results

14.10 - 14.15 | Auditorium


Description

This presentation aims to share the results of some eduroam expansion strategies in Brazil, implemented by RNP. In addition to promoting the service in the Brazilian NREN institutions, the strategies include the creation of partnerships with ministries and with private companies that already have public access Wi-Fi networks, in addition to specific actions related to the development of software.

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Challenges in common AAI for collaborating Research Infrastructures

14.15 - 14.20 | Auditorium


Description

This lighting talk describes challenges for Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructures we discovered in the area of integrated Research Infrastructures, and it presents our current approach for addressing them.

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Why we need a collaborative DDoS protection architecture in Europe

14.20 - 14.25 | Auditorium


Description

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have the potential to disrupt access to critical infrastructure for population groups across the world – yet their mitigation capabilities lie largely in the hands of private tech companies based in the US. This lightning talk explores the opportunities and benefits of an open, federated DDoS protection architecture in Europe.

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Fake News Detection Models — Introducing GAN Generated Synthetic Samples to Improve Performance

14.25 - 14.30 | Auditorium


Description

News datasets are extremely imbalanced, with the fake news not being as well represented as the real news. Thus, machine learning models for fake news detection do not perform as good as expected. Hence, Generative Adversarial Networks can be used to produce high-quality synthetic samples to better represent the fake news data, improving the models’ performances.

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AI for Heritage ─ SOS digital collections: classifying and characterizing

14.30 - 14.35 | Auditorium


Description

A presentation that focuses on finding solutions that use AI to catalogue and categorize archival collections. Firstly, the difficulties that archivists have in the transition to digital followed by the various problems when one tries to implement AI. Finally, the necessary steps to carry out a project in partnership with a heritage space and a potential workflow.

Presenter

  • Ana Carneiro (School of Arts | Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto)

Traffic analysis of communication and collaboration apps bloomed with Covid-19 via advanced Deep Learning approaches

14.35 - 14.40 | Auditorium


Description

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting increase in interactions via digital tools has deeply changed network traffic. To manage these changes, network operators need advanced tools for classification and the prediction of internet traffic. To face these tasks, the idea is to design advanced deep-learning based techniques with a special focus on traffic generated by social communication and collaboration apps.

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Cyber Threat Intelligence for Research and Education

14.40 - 14.45 | Auditorium


Description

This lightning talk aims to stimulate the discussion on creating, disseminating and sharing actionable cyber threat intelligence for the research and education community. Work done in this area together with current initiatives by GÉANT will be briefly introduced followed by a call to participate in TNC Security Day and collaborate on projects in this space.

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A Dragon Has Destroyed the Data Centre: A Player's Handbook

14.45 - 14.50 | Auditorium


Description

DR/BCP testing is vital and the better the test, the better the outcome!
This LT will explain why engagement with the "players" is so important, how to get into the right mindset for an exercise, and ways to get the most out of the event.

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A short talk about even shorter urls: the story of edu.nl

14.50 - 14.55 | Auditorium


Description

We've created a simple, yet popular service that is very usable, low on resources and provides our users with a viable alternative to big tech offerings: edu.nl. The talk describes what we did, why it was a success and calls for NRENs to make more simple but valuable services. See attachment.

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Shouting across the chasm

14.55 - 15.00 | Auditorium


Description

Intended as a cautionary tale, this talk aims to highlight the growing divide between emerging NRENs and their more established counterparts. In particular, it will focus on two aspects: evolving baselines making the knowledge requirements (and thus barriers to entry) for newcomers significantly greater than they used to be, and the differing technology entry-levels that exist in different economies. Hopefully, it will serve to spark a greater awareness of an oft-overlooked side effect of the rapid evolution of technology in the NREN spaces.

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Devi wears PRADA (aka Prosperity & Resilience Achieved through Digital Access)

15.00 - 15.05 | Auditorium


Description

Digital Access is transforming the lives of women across Asia. Despite the success stories, there is a lot more that needs to be done and can be achieved if the wider TEIN/Asi@Connect community, including developed countries, join forces to amplify the stories of women heard so far, driven by the ultimate goal of ‘Let every Devi*” achieve her potential through PRADA.

* Devi is the name of a little girl who has the ambition and the will to transform her future.

Presenter

  • Seema Khanna (NKN India & Member Asi@Connect Steering committee)

The Computer Says No

15.05 - 15.10 | Auditorium


Description

I present a case of a research institution that got its social profiles “irrevocably” deleted for half a year, as a result of poor algorithm judgement. Resolving the conflict requires human communication.
I propose establishing a communication channel that would enable the NREN community to help our user institutions within a limited number of “emergency” cases related to selected platform(s).

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Navigating the research data services landscape to best position GÉANT and the NRENs

15.10 - 15.15 | Auditorium


Description

The world is changing. Researchers are creating ever-increasing volumes of data and have complex needs for storing, processing and sharing this. Universities are providing a range of research data services as a result, utilizing both open-source technologies and commercial services. Many NREN are widening their service portfolios to offer such above-net services and opportunities exist for more coordinated service provision and support.

The hierarchical service delivery model of GÉANT > NREN > University which has proved very successful for the network, is not always the most appropriate for above-net research data services. Services may be offered direct by commercial providers, NRENs, GÉANT or other players. How can GÉANT help the community pick up services offered by one NREN which others want to exploit? And how can we leverage the strength of the GÉANT community to ease the adoption and interoperability of commercial services used in this space?

This short lightning talk will unpack some of the challenges and opportunities that exist in the research data services landscape and propose ways in which GÉANT can work with NRENs to explore how to take advantage of these.

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The Network Automation eAcademy

14.00 - 14.05 | Auditorium


Description

Automation is your friend. Do you want to know more about it? This lightning talk presents the Network Automation eAcademy, an initiative by the community and for the community in GN4-3. Learn about all the aspects of automation and orchestration at your own pace, while managing your network, with examples from the research and education world, labs and much more.

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20 years of perfSONAR to bring you 5.0

14.05 - 14.10 | Auditorium


Description

With this lightning talk, we want to recap 20 years of the perfSONAR project, a major open-source software development effort that provides a network performance monitoring framework and infrastructure used by R&E communities and networks throughout the world.

The perfSONAR project is nearing 20 years of existence. Since the first ideas were developed at the beginning of the new millennium, the project has gone through many different stages and iterations, with many different organisations and people participating in it. perfSONAR has many faces: it is a performance monitoring toolkit, it is a free, open-source software suite, it is a performance verification infrastructure, it is an international global R&E collaboration. All of that, and more.

The perfSONAR vision was created in an Internet2 End-to-End Performance Initiative paper in 2001. Following the creation of the European Performance Enhancement Response Team (PERT), the establishment of the GÉANT Performance Monitoring General Framework, and substantial collaboration from ESnet and RNP, perfSONAR came to life as a way to measure network performance multi-domain, end-to-end. This was version 1 in 2006. In parallel, a set of protocols and standardisations to measure the end-to-end network performance was discussed in the Global Grid Forum (GGF), and it became version 2 in 2007. Different implementations of these protocols then existed and as more organisations adopted the software, the perfSONAR infrastructure began to extend across the world. With version 3 in 2008/09, two main implementations existed: perfSONAR pS and perfSONAR MDM.

When the evolution of the different implementations proved difficult to operate, the partners decided to join their efforts into a single set of software tools. The perfSONAR collaboration then levelled to another dimension with a more formal approach. This in turn made it possible to move to a new software architecture that was more robust, resilient and extensible. This was version 4 with pScheduler and a Debian port in 2017, then with pSConfig, a framework for centrally configuring tests, added in 2018.

New partners joined and in 2021 some old friends came back. 2021 is also the year we revisited the different components and decided to centre the software development on the parts that make perfSONAR unique as a performance monitoring toolkit.

Welcome to 2022 and perfSONAR version 5!

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Wi-Fi Performance Monitoring with WiFiMon: Simplified Installation via Ansible/NMaaS

14.10 - 14.15 | Auditorium


Description

WiFiMon is a GÉANT service and an open-source toolset that provides methods for evaluating the performance of Wi-Fi networks. Its purpose is to assist network administrators to identify underperforming areas within their networks and act accordingly, such as installing additional access points.

Using WiFiMon requires installing and configuring the WiFiMon Analysis Server (WAS), the central processing component of WiFiMon and most complex one, by performing multiple steps of varying difficulty. Despite attracting the attention of network administrators, installing the WAS in a manual manner proved hard and time-consuming, therefore hindering the adoption of WiFiMon.

In 2021, the WiFiMon team focused on fully automating the WAS installation and configuration. Currently, there are two methods available for deploying the WAS in an automated manner: (i) an Ansible playbook enabling network administrators to install WiFiMon on their premises and (ii) NMaaS containers appropriate for testing WiFiMon within a cloud environment. Therefore, network administrators are now capable of installing the WAS in less than 15 minutes by following a few simple steps.

Apart from automating the installation process, during 2021, the WiFiMon team has significantly enriched the measurement reports provided to network administrators by including additional information. Specifically, apart from the average values of WiFiMon measurements, i.e. download/upload throughput and HTTP ping round trip time, network administrators may now reach stronger conclusions from dashboards depicting the median, maximum, minimum and 95th percentile values of the aforementioned measurements.

The structure of our proposed lightning talk (5 minutes) will be the following:
Slide 1: Presentation of the title and author - 10 sec
Slide 2: WiFiMon basic concepts (purpose, main method of measuring performance, difference from related monitoring tools) - 1 min
Slide 3: Manual installation of the WAS (summary of required steps to install the component, emphasis on complexity of installation) - 1 min
Slide 4: Summary of automated installation methods (Ansible playbook, NMaaS platform) - 1 min
Slide 5: Specific details on automated installation via Ansible - 1 min
Slide 6: Summary of WiFiMon reported results - 45 sec
Slide 7: Thank the audience - 5 sec

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CARPi - Using Raspberry Pis for remote eduroam support

14.15 - 14.20 | Auditorium


Description

To describe how we have been using Raspberry Pi devices for remote eduroam support engagements to provide a remote-engineer controlled wifi enabled device in the proximity of customer's Wireless LAN. Such support is hard to do well remotely as testing becomes a significant hurdle. CARPi (Consultancy Assistance Raspberry Pi) solves this neatly, cheaply, and securely.

This was even more important during the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic and various lockdowns were imposed as the devices allowed our engineers to assist multiple member organisations quickly and easily and, most of all, safely and without the need to travel.

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Enabling e-signatures (during the pandemic)

14.20 - 14.25 | Auditorium


Description

Signing contracts and other documents during the pandemic became complicated when most people had to work from home. Due to these challenges, Sunet launched an e-signature service early in the pandemic that we had been working on. This open source service has since become a great success and made signing documents much easier.

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Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) for Future-Proof Digital Wallets

14.25 - 14.30 | Auditorium


Description

When the Internet was introduced at the end of the last century, it was not clear what use it would have. Today, we are at a similar crossroads with SSI, which consists of a set of principles for digital identities that users directly control. While it is not certain that SSI will change our society as groundbreakingly as the Internet did, it seems to be establishing itself as a paradigm that will endure for some time. From the user's perspective, it is important to understand the power of digital wallets, which is why this presentation will go through the main principles of SSI and convince everyone that a digital wallet is just as vulnerable as a physical one.

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Multi-factor authentication support between eduGAIN federations

14.30 - 14.35 | Auditorium


Description

Lightning Talk proposal featuring the results of a 1 month research project conducted as part of the University of Amsterdam's Security and Network engineering Master Program. The results are a start for improving support for (standardized) multi-factor authentication methods between eduGAIN federations.

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Guessing PINs, One Partial PIN at a Time.

14.35 - 14.40 | Auditorium


Description

We created different methods of guessing a person's PIN, by attempting to guess their partial PIN incrementally in an in-the-wild scenario. We look at the different patterns that result, as well as lengths of guessing time. We wanted to see how secure, in comparison, a full PIN is compared to using partial PINs as means of authentication.

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Challenges in processing and knowledge discovery in specifications of scientific resources

14.40 - 14.45 | Auditorium


Description

The talk will focus on major challenges present in both processing and further utilization of the data, such as specifications of certain scientific resources: articles, computational resources or datasets. Our goal is to create a recommender system for the aforementioned data
utilizing linguistic and natural language processing techniques, with a special focus on deep learning.

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Effective vulnerability management

14.45 - 14.50 | Auditorium


Description

Actively monitoring environments for vulnerabilities can be a daunting task. What methods and tools have been made available for NRENs? What can we collaborate on going forward in a risk-based approach? Future work on automating vulnerability assessments.

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We Demand a Video!

14.50 - 14.55 | Auditorium


Description

Since the beginning of the last century, films and videos have in one way or another been present in our day-to-day lives. At first, people were watching them on movie screens. Later, on our home TVs and more recently on computers, on demand via the internet, and finally everywhere.

At ARNES, we’ve offered Video on Demand (VOD) since the early 2000s, and at the end of 2011, we enabled uploading and sharing of videos for our users. For the next 10 years or so, we enjoyed relatively relaxed progress of our video portal. We implemented additional functions, listened to our users and tried to improve our service. The portal was welcomed in research and educational fields, but it was also used just as much as by people needing to share work-related videos.

We admit we had some memory leaks, bugs and other ‘usual’ problems, but nothing was on fire… yet. Then the unexpected hit us. Were we preoccupied? – Yes! Should we have cried about it? – No! Everyone else was struck as well. But our dreams came true; teachers all over Slovenia are now using our video portal. The teachers really took their work seriously and made a lot of videos for their students. Within a week, more new videos were uploaded than in the entire previous year. In the 100-fold increase of uploads, the word ‘optimisation’ resounds, and memory leaks were no longer minor. They became memory floods.

Fortunately, before the pandemic, we seeded fundamentals for a new video portal, the old one was dilapidated and based on aging technology. This meant that we were then stuck with a major increase of traffic on the portal that we weren’t planning to develop, with the new portal in simultaneous development. Long story short, we somehow maintained the old video portal and published a new one. In a year of development and increased use of VOD services, we learned many specifics about what users particularly need and expect from our ARNES video platform. We’re satisfied that the product is now performing well, this year we added Moodle and WordPress integration, and exposed some API’s for variety of options. We believe we’re headed in the right direction.

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REDI+: Toward an Ecuadorian Research Repository based in CRIS.

14.55 - 15.00 | Auditorium


Description

REDI+ is the Ecuadorian project of CEDIA for setting up and operating the national information of Science, Technology, and Innovation. It is an open standards-based platform, specifically as a central aggregator of open access repositories of Ecuador. The main goal of this project is to develop an open, interoperable, and integrated national platform that provides information of publications, researchers, patents, events, services, and general results of science and technology, and innovation. Besides, the platform allows providing value-added services for access to enriched data and aggregated information to improve decision-making at different institutional levels. The vision is to have an information ecosystem of research, technology, and innovation in Ecuador to provide value, accessibility, and development for all people.

Since 2021, we have been developing REDI+ and we are working with a basic metadata model based on "Common European Research Information Format" CERIF and a Linked Data platform based on FAIR principles, and Plan S in the Open Science line. On this hand, we are collaborating with different NRESs around the world to reuse technologies and define infrastructures and metadata guidelines to provide Ecuadorian institutions at first a platform to manage the actors and resources around the research ecosystem.

The aims of REDI+ are to help to articulate and make visible the scientific, academic, and technological production in Ecuador, enhance the national network of open access repositories in the country and enable a national CRIS platform that is interoperable with institutional research management systems. In addition, the more important aspect is providing value-added services based on data, for support in decision-making at the institutional or governmental level building future repositories from Ecuador and Latin American countries firstly.

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Navigating the GREN

15.00 - 15.05 | Auditorium


Description

The explorers of old setting sail from Trieste were well aware of the benefits of proper navigation. And no navigation tool is more useful than a map!

Previous maps of the global R&E network helped visualize its reach in a one-time snapshot, but until now, showing the real-time, global reach of the GREN — at the level of individual institutions — was unfeasible. Enter the GREN Mapping Working Group, a global collaboration that’s building a dynamic, real-time visualization of the value and reach of the network.

The GREN Map is important not only as a technical tool that provides a visualization of the topology of the entire GREN, but it is also a vital marketing and external relations tool; the GREN Map will allow the global community, including both institutional and government funders, to see the reach of the GREN and the value it provides to them.

Since the last in-person TNC in 2019, the Working Group has made several important steps towards the impending initial production release of the GREN Map, including:

- The development of reusable tools to facilitate the collection and maintenance of organizations’ data;
- The development of a database to allow the storage of each organization’s data and its export to GRENML, a standards-based format developed to power the map;
- The development of a simple reference visualization tool; and
- A preview version of the map, built using data from the Canadian NREN and international partners.

After providing a brief overview of these successes to date, this Lightning Talk will focus on the future, specifically a call to action to R&E Networks not yet involved in the project. Broad engagement of the global community will ensure the Map contains the most fulsome view of the GREN possible, and thereby delivers maximum value to users.

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How FinOps concepts are improving RNP's business vision.

15.05 - 15.10 | Auditorium


Description

How the application of cost visibility, in an open way, is helping RNP to reduce costs in the cloud.

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