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Monday

Conference Opening

21/06 09.30 - 09.55 CEST


Presentations

Conference Opening

Official opening of TNC21 by Chairman of the GÉANT Board Andreas Dudler (SWITCH) and GÉANT CEO Erik Huizer, including a focus on the GÉANT strategy with Cathrin Stöver, and some tips for getting the best from the TNC21 platform and event.

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Monday

ScienceMesh – Federated Collaboration Platform for Researchers

21/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Carina Kemp (AARNet)

Presentations

ScienceMesh – Federated Collaboration Platform for Researchers

There are numerous Cloud Storage Services for Synchronization and Sharing (CS3) serving the R&E space in Europe. These services, typically using open-source on-premise solutions, are driven at universities, research institutions and NRENs and in recent years have collectively formed a bottom-up, grassroots community (cs3community.org). Examples of such CS3 sites include CERNBox, SWITCHdrive, PSNCBox, SURF’s ResearchDrive, DeiC’s ScienceData, AARNet’s CloudSTOR, Sciebo@Munster University, JRC’s Earth Observation Data Processing Platform, and CESNET’s DataCare. But these services are in most cases isolated islands and do not necessarily fit with the collaborative nature of many research activities. It is very often difficult to give access to other institutions, share data across platforms and run applications on top of this fragmented landscape.

These concerns have led the institutions mentioned above to come together and interlink these services; and they have received the support of EC to do this as a project: CS3MESH4EOSC (cs3mesh4eosc.eu). The idea is to boost open science by presenting a joint, coordinated service — Science Mesh (sciencemesh.io)— to the users in the research and education space on a pan-European level. And to answer a major question: can we manage and store research data in Europe?

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Monday

Connecting services, building trust and empowering students on mobility

21/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Marina Adomeit (SUNET)

Presentations

Connecting services, building trust and empowering students on mobility

The procedures that allow European higher education institutions to exchange student mobility data remain largely paper-based, making students dependent on a number of accounts and documents to apply for mobility. As more students go abroad and with a growingly interconnected world, Erasmus needs to evolve to align with the European leaders’ vision of a European Education Area by 2025 - no borders to student mobility.

MyAcademicID delivered an Identity and Access Management Platform and defined an eID scheme for higher education that allows students to consistently and reliably authenticate to online Erasmus services. MyAcademicID results are an important step forward towards the digital transformation of Erasmus programmes.

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Monday

Planes that don't crash

21/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Charlie van Genuchten (SURFnet)

Presentations

Planes that don't crash

Qantas flight QF32 took off from Singapore on 4 November 2010. Shortly after takeoff, an engine exploded, and took many redundant systems with it.

During the flight, the Captain and crew used their training and experience, and took decisions that might seem counterintuitive to us, but that led to the safe landing of the aircraft.

We don’t fly planes, but we do manage complex, redundant systems and, when they fail, we have teams of people involved in their restoration. This talk will look at how we operate through the lessons of QF32, and see what we can learn.

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Monday

Experiences in designing and operating an automated CI/CD pipeline for AmLight SDN orchestrator

21/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Bram Peeters (GÉANT)

Presentations

Experiences in designing and operating an automated CI/CD pipeline for AmLight SDN orchestrator

The increasing adoption of highly programmable networking infrastructure requires a trustful and agile deployment of software packages in the Control Plane layer. In the era of software-defined infrastructure/networking, it comes to a point where the network engineering team takes the lead in the software deployment process. In this talk, we will share our experiences as network engineers designing and operating an automated pipeline to continuously integrate and deliver (CI/CD) software packages for our control layer. The CI/CD pipeline enables our SDN orchestrator to manage the programmable network infrastructure in a more secure and flexible manner. We will start by presenting the key motivations using real examples. We will then show some of the standard management APIs and frameworks that helped us build the CI/CD pipeline, and finally, our actual pipeline design and implementation, including some testing procedures to evaluate end-to-end connectivity in SDN environments.

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Monday

The price of cybersecurity: How much is that SOC in the window?

21/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Nicole Harris (GÉANT)

Presentations

The price of cybersecurity: How much is that SOC in the window?

Following the ransomware attack on the University of Maastricht during the Christmas holiday 2019, SURF was (t)asked by the universities to setup a central SOC for the universities and other education and research institutes affiliated with SURF. In this talk we will elaborate on the project of realising the SURFsoc, the components that make up the SURFsoc, as well as the tender we did to procure the SIEM part of the SOC from the market. Deployment starts in January 2021 and by the time of TNC should be in production with 15 connected and protected institutions, meaning we will be able to present on the challenges faced during implementation and deployment as well. In a few years time we expect to have more than 50 institutions connected to SURFsoc.

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Monday

Learning and Teaching Reimagined: A global perspective

21/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Tom Fryer (GÉANT)

Presentations

Learning and Teaching Reimagined: A global perspective

For years, the higher education sector has been preparing for a more blended, online approach to teaching and learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only accelerated this process, but enabled the sector to take stock, rapidly and flexibly, of how we deliver education. This has been at the institutional and national level. Jisc, the UK's NREN has worked with our sector to explore ‘Learning and Teaching Reimagined: a new dawn for higher education' published in November 2020. We are now looking through a global lens; TNC21 is a timely opportunity to share learnings, and create a more collaborative global approach.

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Monday

Industrial Time and Frequency service deployment in RENATER network

21/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Rob Evans (Jisc)

Presentations

Industrial Time and Frequency service deployment in RENATER network

Time & Frequency (T&F) as an optical service has become a hot topic in the past ten years. National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) in collaboration with NRENs have demonstrated higher frequency stability than any existing commercial service, offering tremendous potential in a wide range of scientific, societal and economic domains. We report here the first long-haul bidirectional industrial implementations operating in the C-band at 1542.14nm and co-propagating with data-traffic in the RENATER network. This presentation will show the high level of maturity of optical T&F link deployment and how this service is integrated in NREN day-to-day procedures (commissioning, operating, monitoring) with other standard services.

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Monday

Automation and Orchestration: It’s a numbers game – 10000+ automated changes and counting

21/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Mian Usman (GÉANT)

Presentations

Automation and Orchestration: It’s a numbers game – 10000+ automated changes and counting

During this presentation we will share our views and experiences regarding automating and orchestrating networks. What are the pitfalls? What are the challenges? But also, what are the unforeseen benefits? And how has our service delivery improved now we have a fully automated network? If you are at the start of automating networks we hope you will find our presentation enlightening.

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Monday

Keynote: If I can do it, so can you

21/06 14.00 - 14.45 CEST


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Keynote: If I can do it, so can you

‘If I can do it, so can you” is the inspiring and motivating story of one woman’s determination to succeed. 25 years ago Professor Sue Black was a single parent with three small children living on a council estate in Brixton.She is now one of the top 50 women in tech in Europe, received an OBE, is an award-winning computer scientist, radical thinker, keynote speaker, social entrepreneur and Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University. Sue talks about her passion for getting everyone excited about the opportunities that technology offers, how she brought her family out of poverty and built a successful career through education, and a passion to succeed.

Speakers:
  • Sue Black (Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University, UK)

Monday

Declarative chain to Kubernetes multi clusters for automation of HA workloads

21/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Ann Harding (SWITCH)

Presentations

Declarative chain to Kubernetes multi clusters for automation of HA workloads

Deploying services across a multi-region cloud infrastructure ensures their availability. Kubernetes Cluster Federation (KubeFed) offers a good approach to multi-region kubernetes cluster. Coupling it with several layer such as OpenStack and Juju it allows a user to have a federated cluster deployed in almost no time and with zero need of knowing the details of the underneath infrastructure. At GARR we setup such mechanism on three main data centers federating Kubernetes clusters on each region. We experimented with Kubernetes Cluster Federation, which allows the management of the federated clusters through a single set of APIs present in a single cluster. The goal is to reach a multi-region infrastructure that could ensure transparent HA for the users’ services deployed.

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Monday

Combining waves of innovation - A superposition for student mobility

21/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Paul Dekkers

Presentations

Combining waves of innovation - A superposition for student mobility.

Nowadays more than ever, students expect convenience and freedom of choice, to study what, when and where they want. Not only during their formal education, but also as they develop throughout their lives. Institutions must provide the flexibility that students demand, by making educational offerings more flexible, facilitating student mobility, and issuing digital certificates.

At SURF we started a national approach to use technology and infrastructure as enabler for flexible education. In this presentation we show how projects like the Open Education API; ‘the standard for sharing educational data’, eduID; ‘a single student identity that is independent of an institution’ and Edubadges; ‘issuing digital certificates to students’ are enablers for enhanced flexibility in education.

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Monday

GÉANT infrastructure evolution under GN4-3N

21/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Mian Usman (GÉANT)

Presentations

GÉANT infrastructure evolution under GN4-3N

With GN4-3N, the GÉANT network infrastructure is undergoing massive changes – from the large expansion of the fibre footprint to the embracement of openness and disaggregation at the line system level. This session will provide you with an overview of what is changing and how the GÉANT network infrastructure is evolving to match future challenges. The new network will provide the European research and education community with stable and high-capacity international connectivity for many years to come. See how this ambitious project transforms the position of GÉANT in the global scenery.

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Monday

Scaling up the services to education system prior, during and after pandemic: CARNET case

21/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Tom Fryer (GÉANT)

Presentations

Scaling up education services before and during the pandemic: the CARNET experience

In 2015 CARNET began the e-Schools project with the aim of creating digitally mature schools and preparing pupils for the job market, further education and lifelong learning. Using Policy-led Multi-Criteria Analysis, the project has focused on two main types of service, user-oriented and technical prerequisites. The presentation will set out how the services were conceptualised and will describe the challenges of scaling the services to the whole education system, particularly during the COVID-19, and transitioning to emergency distance education. We will conclude with an evaluation of the impact of e-Schools and the services provided.

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Tuesday

Waking up with Pacman

22/06 09.30 - 09.50 CEST


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Start of the Day: Waking up with Pacman

START OF THE DAY

Need to get the day started? No need for coffee. Jump into a game of Pacman and get yourself in the top 20 best scores!

Speakers:
  • N/A

Tuesday

RARE – Router for Academia and Research & Education

22/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Mian Usman (GÉANT)

Presentations

RARE – Router for Academia and Research & Education

This presentation introduces the Router for Academia, Research and Education (RARE) project, developed within the Network Technologies and Services Development WP (WP6) of the GÉANT GN4-3 project. RARE provides a full-fledged open-source router implemented thanks to a line-rate data plane (P4) with an open source control plane (FreeRouter) supporting a rich protocol feature set. To support testing and validation, a GÉANT P4 Laboratory (GP4L) has been deployed on four PoPs; this also offered for research purposes. RARE has also been deployed in different production scenarios.

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Tuesday

eduTEAMS turns 3: from demo to solution

22/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Klaas Wierenga (GEANT)

Presentations

eduTEAMS turns 3: from demo to solution

At TNC18, we presented the first demo of eduTEAMS. There, we showcased how the AARC Blueprint Architecture can be used to implement an Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI) as a Service solution for the research and education community to create and manage virtual teams. Three years later, eduTEAMS is enabling thousands of researchers and students to access research and educational services across Europe. We invite the participants of TN21 to join us recounting a journey that started at TNC18; a journey in delivering large scale, production Identity and Access Management services using eduTEAMS.

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Tuesday

Busting Phishing

22/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Charlie van Genuchten (SURFnet)

Presentations

Busting Phishing

SPF, DKIM, DMARC. These are well-known acronyms which show up regularly in some technical posts. And also in advertisements about mail deliverability for would-be spammers. If you had to deal with mail systems, you probably know two things about them:
1- they are used for mail server authentication,
2- they are never really implemented to enforce security policies, merely to respect general good practices.
And that's a shame.
We all know that there is no absolute solution against spam or phishing - or they would have disappeared already.
However, these three RFC, added to the more recent ARC, can be powerful tools to greatly decrease the number of phishing arriving in our mailboxes.

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Tuesday

Stand together against the Covid-19 waves

22/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Jie An (China Education and Research Network Center)

Presentations

Stand together against the Covid-19 waves

In-person conferences were made impossible by the Covid pandemic. Online meetings could not recreate the same experience and audience involvement. Thus, GARR refined a way to recreate the look and feel of a conference (stage, audience, coffee breaks interactions) and a tools set (both open and commercial-on-premise software) to make large e-conferences as close as possible to the in-person experience. GARR will present how a online event with 10 parallel session, 70+ speakers and more than 1200 attendees successfully took place, while granting a good user experience and preserving data sovereignty.

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Tuesday

Life of BRIAN

22/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Claudio Allocchio (GARR)

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Life of BRIAN

GÉANT has for many years used a growing stack of legacy and bespoke software components for doing historical network analytics and high-level information sharing. This presentation describes the motivation and path from that legacy stack to a new and more maintainable system called BRIAN (Backbone Router Interface ANalytics).

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Tuesday

Building a Flexible and HPC-Proof Regional University REN

22/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Vincenzo Capone (GÉANT)

Presentations

Building a Flexible and HPC-Proof Regional University REN

Regional RENs have limited economies of scale compared to large NRENs. This joint presentation shows how the University of Trieste, the leading institution within the LightNet cooperation agreement, overcame this challenge by applying innovative architectural approaches to build a flexible, multi-purpose REN that supports regional high performance computing, connects to two NRENs, and above all is economical. These include a regional spine and leaf packet services architecture that delivers scalability and redundancy, an open optical line system that supports native and alien wavelengths as well as WSON restoration, and a consolidated management system with integrated performance monitoring and OTDR.

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Tuesday

It's not you, it's me - But let's stay friends! Or why we are having a hard time to get rid of service

22/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Ann Harding (SWITCH)

Presentations

It's not you, it's me - But let's stay friends! Or why we are having a hard time to get rid of services.

This talk is about getting rid of services. Usually we try to keep them alive as long as we can. And if we try to shut them down, we cannot. Because suddenly it is people’s most favourite service or some important person is relaying her life on it or without that service a baby kitten dies. Like Tom Petty says in Learning to Fly: "But what goes up, must come down". But he also figured: "Coming down is the hardest thing". Learn how we can get rid of services. Let us find out how to successfully bring the wave down.

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Tuesday

From Legacy to Security: Managing RPKI for Legacy Address Space

22/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Alf Moens

Presentations

From Legacy to Security: Managing RPKI for Legacy Address Space

The Resource Public Key Infrastructure helps protect IP prefixes against BGP hijacking, making RPKI and important tool to improve routing security. Deploying RPKI may be challenging for NRENs. Many NRENs manage IPv4 address space that was allocated before the existence of the Regional Internet Registries. Managing RPKI for this "legacy" space may require a manual process to interact with the RIR. In this talk, we show how NRENs can run their own RPKI Certificate Authority, allowing them to automate RPKI management, for address space from both the legacy and the RIR pool, irrespective of which RIR manages the address space.

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Tuesday

Keynote: Climate Change research and policies: the urgency of international interdisciplinary collaboration

22/06 14.00 - 14.45 CEST


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Climate Change research and policies: the urgency of international interdisciplinary collaboration

To deal with the critically important climate emergency, international scientific cooperation is the only way to go. Adaptation to a new climate and mitigation of emissions will take enormous resources from developed and developing countries. We need a global exchange of scientific information on adaptation/mitigation strategies, as well as close cooperation to reduce economic inequalities, and together we could build up a new society and socio-economic system based on the Sustainable Development Goals. This system will have higher resiliency, where we could have a much better equilibrium with nature and climate. Education, open science, and open data sharing is a central piece in this new society, where collaboration is essential.

Speakers:
  • Paulo Artaxo (Professor of Atmospheric Physics, University of São Paulo, Brazil)

Tuesday

An Open R&E Developed FPGA smartNIC

22/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Rob Evans (Jisc)

Presentations

An Open R&E Developed FPGA smartNIC

ESnet is developing its own 100G smartNIC based on FPGA technology.  In this talk we will describe the architecture of the smartNIC.  We will show how it can be customized for High Touch network services in our ESnet6 WAN network.  As well we will describe how it is used at our scientific instruments for new EDGE services and streaming of large science data.  Examples of real time integration from our synchrotron ( ALS-Advanced Light Source ) and electron microscope ( NCEM-National Center for Electron Microscopy ) will be presented.  We hope to explain how this unique technology, developed in house, allows us to build R&E specific solutions that are not possible with vendor supplied hardware and software.  This project is done jointly with contributions from the Xilinx CTO office.

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Tuesday

BELLA: A Sea Change for European-Latin American R&E Collaboration

22/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Claudio Allocchio (GARR)

Presentations

BELLA: A Sea Change for European-Latin American R&E Collaboration

The BELLA Programme is set to revolutionise R&E collaboration opportunities for Latin America and Europe and 2021 is the year that BELLA connectivity will be delivered across the Atlantic and in South America.

The presentation will describe what the BELLA landscape and seascape will mean for researchers on the two continents, with higher capacities, enhanced connectivity services and lower latency. It will focus on specific user communities that will immediately benefit from the realisation of BELLA, and will reflect on the unique collaboration with EllaLink that has made this all possible.

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Tuesday

How changing the IdP discovery process impacts remote access to scholarly content

22/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Hannah Short (CERN)

Presentations

How changing the IdP discovery process impacts remote access to scholarly content

SeamlessAccess started its rollout just as COVID-19 began to impact our world. What was anticipated as a “soft launch” suddenly saw a new level of urgency in the scholarly communications world to enable federated identity to access scholarly content. Dependency on FIM is creating an urgent demand from all stakeholders to improve online access in a way that’s intuitive to the end-user and still protects their privacy. In this session, we will look at how FIM access models have significantly changed in 2020, from the SP, Library, and Federation Operator perspectives. The session will conclude with a Q&A.

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Tuesday

Pain Free Publication and Preservation:

22/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Nancy Carter (CANARIE)

Presentations

Pain Free Publication and Preservation

What is it about preservation that so often makes it an afterthought when it comes to publishing data sets? Quite apart from the problem of funding, one of the biggest pain points is that (most) researchers aren’t preservation specialists.
A few years ago, Jisc seized upon this (and other) pain points and set about solving these problems. The end result is Jisc's Preservation, Repository, and Research Data Connector offers. A suite of interconnected services designed to make life easier for end users. This presentation describes the development process, the underlying data model and the direction of travel for future development.

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Tuesday

Awards ceremony

22/06 15.45 - 16.00 CEST


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Awards Ceremony

Awards ceremony for the 2021 GÉANT Community Award and the Vietsch Foundation Medal of Honour. Celebrating the people who keep making a difference in our community.

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Wednesday

Morning Networking Carousel

23/06 09.30 - 09.50 CEST


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Start of the Day: Morning Network Carousel

START OF THE DAY

Don't be shy, get into the Networking Carousel. Start networking in a 4 minute, randomly selected one-to-one session, meet with one of the many other conference participants. Catch up with old friends or make new connections!
Please use a working microphone and webcam.

Speakers:
  • N/A

Wednesday

User experience and network performance monitoring for CNaaS

23/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Nicholas Mbonimpa (Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU))

Presentations

User experience and network performance monitoring for CNaaS

Network performance metrics are useful to network engineers, but user experience indicators linked to SLAs provide a real view on how the network is behaving for the end users. Having such indicators, for each different class of users, available to the NREN NOC in charge of managing their customers’ networks is essential when dealing with a Campus Network Management as a Service (CNaaS) offering. This presentation will describe and demo an automatically deployed scalable measuring infrastructure using perfSONAR that will present those metrics and indicators in a comprehensive monitoring dashboard.

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Wednesday

Running a cloud identity provider platform — technology is the easy part

23/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Hannah Short (CERN)

Presentations

Running a cloud identity provider platform — technology is the easy part

The Australian Access Federation (AAF) began building a cloud identity provider (IdP) platform in 2016. This followed repeated requests from Australian universities as they adopted cloud infrastructure strategies.
The resulting platform, Rapid Identity Provider, now has significant adoption across AAF's subscribers after a slow start. Rapid IdP supports three different identity configurations:
* a local identity database;
* interfacing with an LDAP directory; or
* connecting to cloud identity solutions such as Okta or Azure AD.
The presentation will provide an overview of the architecture and cover the major product and commercial challenges we've faced in making the service sustainable.

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Wednesday

The strategic role of the NREN in the age of AI. How SURF supports its members in leveraging AI

23/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Carina Kemp

Presentations

The strategic role of the NREN in the age of AI. How SURF supports its members in leveraging AI

AI and machine learning have tremendous potential and are evolving rapidly. But what does this mean for education and research?

Based on stakeholder research SURF formulated a vision towards the use of AI and ML in research and education. SURF employs a constructive strategy towards AI, while also combining this with a focus on public values as concerns around vendor lock-in, interoperability, data-sovereignty, and ethics are urgent and growing.

During the presentation, we will share SURF's present state of affairs, our plans and ambitions, and actions for the upcoming year. In the hope to initiate discussion about future possibilities and joint-efforts.

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Wednesday

Field report: observing actual use of commercial cloud services by researchers

23/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Nicole Harris (GÉANT)

Presentations

Field report: observing actual use of commercial cloud services by researchers

The OCRE project makes funding available to demonstrate the benefit adoption of commercial cloud services on research outcomes. The experience gathered through this activity will lead to valuable insight into the actual expectations and experiences of researchers with commercial cloud and earth observation services. It should lead to improved insight into where NRENs can deliver value to the research communities with the right combination of commercial and community services and in close cooperation with institutional and national IT service providers.

We’ll present our analysis of the experience gathered through the interaction with awarded projects in fall 2020 and spring 2021 which we expect will contribute further to the understanding of the role of commercial services in the researcher’s toolbox and the discussion of NREN engagement with research.

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Wednesday

Adding 4,000 cores to GRNET OpenStack cloud during lunch break

23/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Ann Harding (SWITCH)

Presentations

Adding 4,000 cores to GRNET OpenStack cloud during lunch break

Scaling out an OpenStack cloud can be a time-consuming and tedious task. During our mission to deliver the first OpenStack cloud offering by GRNET, we designed and implemented a set of tools and processes to make deployment and operation of OpenStack-based clouds at scale effortless and error free. We are presenting our tools ecosystem and design which allows us to push the button, the command actually, and scale out our cloud with a few thousand cpu cores during our... lunch break!

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Wednesday

Our community supporting Copernicus

23/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Ieva Muraškienė (LITNET)

Presentations

Our community supporting Copernicus

Without the global R&E community, the Copernicus programme would struggle to have the impact it has had, especially during the year of crisis: Bush fires, COVID-19, earthquakes, man-made disasters... Throughout it all the Copernicus programme has been supplying a steady stream of data to scientists and decision makers around the world. At the heart of the delivery and operation of this world leading flagship programme are the NRENs and RENs, who have diligently and successively built upon past successes to ensure the data reaches where it needs to be. This presentation will showcase the journey that we have been on since 2014.

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Wednesday

PARTAGE: The French R&E community on-premise pooled collaborative email solution

23/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Claudio Allocchio (GARR)

Presentations

PARTAGE: The French R&E community on-premise pooled collaborative email solution

We will present the Messaging and Collaborative platform provided by RENATER to the French Research and Higher Education community, which is hosted and operated by RENATER.
This service aims to provide a real alternative to major commercial platforms, and takes into account French government data security recommendations, for example data are stored in France by RENATER.

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Wednesday

Securing our own lifeboats: implementing the GÉANT Security Baseline

23/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Anna Wilson (HEAnet)

Presentations

Securing our own lifeboats: implementing the GÉANT Security Baseline at GÉANT Vereniging

A new Security Baseline for NRENs and NREN members has been created as part of the new Security workpackage within the GN4 project. The aim of this baseline is to help us understand the current security stance and environment across the NREN world, but also to help NRENs improve their own processes around security planning and updates. The baseline is mapped to international standards but provides a more accessible approach to auditing your security position.

GÉANT participated in the development of the baseline, but what would it really mean for us to complete the full baseline review and secure our own lifeboats?

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Wednesday

Keynote: Digital Earth Africa: Transformation Powered by Networks

23/06 14.00 - 14.45 CEST


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Keynote: Digital Earth Africa: Transformation Powered by Networks

Digital Earth Africa is working with global partners to make Earth observation data free and accessible to the whole of Africa. The data can be used to inform crucial decision-making that will improve lives and contribute towards a more sustainable future for the continent.

Strong professional and technological networks are vital to Digital Earth Africa’s success, with research and education networks often at the forefront of progress. Dr. Adam Lewis will speak to the immense power of Earth observation in building a better future for Africa and the critical role that effective networks have in making this happen.

Speakers:
  • Adam Lewis (Managing Director of Digital Earth Africa Establishment Team)

Wednesday

A Higher Education Sector Architecture to protect public values

23/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Klaas Wierenga (GEANT)

Presentations

A Higher Education Sector Architecture to protect public values

The Netherlands is aiming to accelerate innovation in higher education and research. Universities have ambitious goals like having a more flexible education, improving access to more diverse learning materials, and (open) access to data. Digital sector facilities for higher education and research of the future should reflect these goals. Several public organizations such as SURF and the National Research Council organize national facilities for higher education and research.

The CIO’s of 50 Dutch universities recognized the need for national digital sector-facilities to be aligned. They therefore initiated, along with SURF, the Higher Education Sector Architecture (HOSA). A team of enterprise architects from universities in close alignment with different stakeholders defined the first version of the HOSA.

Speakers:
  • Menno Scheers (Dutch Higher Education & Research Sector Architecture (HOSA))

Wednesday

AmLight-INT: Lessons Learned after two years playing with In-band Network Telemetry

23/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Bram Peeters (GÉANT)

Presentations

AmLight-INT: Lessons Learned after two years playing with In-band Network Telemetry

This presentation is a follow-up to the TNC19 presentation “AmLight-INT: In-band Network Telemetry to support big data applications”. Our goal is to present the current status of the AmLight-INT project, INT applications developed, and how INT is being used to support science workflows.Network troubleshooting and monitoring are essential in the network management routine. A novel approach, In-band Network Telemetry (INT), allows monitoring directly on the data plane.

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Wednesday

Network Time Security - The (Winding) Path to Deployment

23/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Rob Evans (Jisc)

Presentations

Network Time Security - The (Winding) Path to Deployment

Despite the challenges of 2020, network time synchronization finally hit two milestones that had been anticipated for a number of years. Both the IETF and the IEEE published major new security mechanisms for the Network Time Protocol (NTP) and the Precision Time Protocol (PTP). It is now time to focus on the deployment of these significant improvements in the security of network time synchronization infrastructure. This presentation will talk about the standards, the status of implementations, initial deployments, and data from these deployments along with information on how to transition your existing infrastructure to make use of these new capabilities.

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Wednesday

Establishment of new identity federations in Africa: the AfricaConnect3 perspective

23/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Nicholas Mbonimpa (Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU))

Presentations

Establishment of new identity federations in Africa: the AfricaConnect3 perspective

Establishing new Identity Federations in Africa presents challenges the African RRENs - ASREN, Ubuntunet and WACREN have decided to tackle. To support the NRENs and their communities, the AfricaConnect3 project is focusing on actions aimed at boosting the spawning of new identity federations, starting from the leading countries.
This presentation will provide a view of the current situation, the goals and ongoing activities driven by AfricaConnect3 in the process of supporting the establishment of new identity federations, and the African catch-all federation.

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Thursday

Coffee with the TNC PC

24/06 09.30 - 09.50 CEST


Presentations

Coffee with the TNC PC

Bring a drink and drop in with some of the TNC21 Programme Committee, to chat about their and your experiences of the online conference.

Note: everyone who enters this ‘Networking lounge’ room has their camera and microphone active by default. Please use Chrome as your browser.

A maximum of 50 people can join this session

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Thursday

Safe AND Performant Networks? We want them both!

24/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Anna Wilson (HEAnet)

Presentations

Safe AND Performant Networks? We want them both!

Advanced research and education networks nowadays represent the top existing infrastructures delivering the highest quality, bandwidth, speed and reliability. They enable a set of services in all which are just impossible to deploy on other networks. While NRENs and international backbones easily support these features, when we come to local campuses, the quality of delivered network services is often strongly degraded due to the need to protect local users and services from security threats, A DMZ approach can help in many cases, but still there is a limited knowledge on how to implement it or similar concepts. This presentation aims to stimulate a more accurate approach by Security Administrators, Network Policy Makers, Administrative Managers and Users.

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Thursday

A GUI to enable network troubleshooting with perfSONAR on-demand measurements

24/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Vincenzo Capone (GÉANT)

Presentations

A GUI to enable network troubleshooting with perfSONAR on-demand measurements

To enable a network engineer to troubleshoot performance issues efficiently, their tools not only need to be powerful but also user friendly. Following common perfSONAR user requests, we set out to develop a new GUI that helps engineers trigger on-demand measurements with an easy-to-use visual front-end. This presentation will discuss two common use cases, the design and the architecture of this new GUI and demonstrate its ease of use and integration within the perfSONAR landscape.

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Thursday

NRENs education landscape and the impact of COVID-19

24/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Ieva Muraškienė (LITNET)

Presentations

NRENs education landscape and the impact of COVID-19

The role of NRENs in supporting education has been increasing over the last two years and with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic their roles accelerated exponentially. NRENs and educational institutions have faced a rapid conversion from traditional face to face learning to a more blended and online approach. This transformation has created significant challenges and opportunities that we aim to present to the TNC audience. Key messages include: Digital transformation (tools, services and scaling up), Data stewardship, Learning analytics, Student mobility (eduID, micro credentialing), Public values and platformisation.

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Thursday

CERN’s journey to Open Source

24/06 10.00 - 10.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Ann Harding (SWITCH)

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CERN’s journey to Open Source

Over the years, CERN activities and services have become increasingly reliant on commercial software and solutions to deliver core services, often enticed by interesting financial conditions that recognise CERN's statuses as “academic", "non-profit", “research", etc. Once installed, well spread and heavily used, the leverage used to attract CERN service managers to the commercial solutions tends to disappear. We will describe the methodology used to identify suitable alternatives, and the progress towards a future that priorities Open Source, avoids vendor lock-in, keeps hands on the data and delivers the same service to everyone. We will focus particularly on Identity Management.

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Thursday

SURFcumulus: the Next Wave

24/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Charlie van Genuchten (SURFnet)

Presentations

SURFcumulus: the Next Wave

SURFcumulus: the Next Wave is about value creation of cloud services for Research & Education by a structured and community serving approach. The first wave of SURFcumulus delivery was a simple transactional type of service. In the past few years the SURFcumulus proposition has evolved and now is moving towards a new value proposition (the Next Wave) including professional services for cloud implementation and managed services, governance & operations and a community SaaS solution for Virtual Research Environments, Remote Examination and Azure in the Classroom (for educational purposes). In this presentation typical challenges are presented, and the answers SURF has found on these.

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Thursday

Quantum Key Distribution

24/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Anna Wilson (HEAnet)

Presentations

Quantum Key Distribution

Current encryption algorithms rely on hard mathematical problems such as the integer factorisation problem. It is estimated that once over a thousand qubit computers become available, current strength encryption based on elliptic-curve factorisation could be considered possible to overcome. Quantum communication, quantum cryptography and post-quantum encryption algorithms are interesting technologies.

Establishing a Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) network is a promising way of making quantum-secure communication possible. Network providers need to start analysing ways of adding quantum-proof security to their networks.

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Thursday

There’s plenty of programming space at the network data plane

24/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Mian Usman (GÉANT)

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There’s plenty of programming space at the network data plane

The tide of high-level programming has reached the network data plane layer, enabling a flexible ASIC utilisation. The benefits and challenges of Data Plane programming will be highlighted through the results of activities within the Data Plane Programming task in the Network Technologies and Services Development work package WP6 of the GÉANT GN4-3 project. The presentation will focus on two use cases: DDoS identification and high precision network monitoring using In-Band Network Telemetry in NRENs networks.

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Thursday

The role of the NRENs in supporting Open Science

24/06 10.50 - 11.30 CEST


Chairs

  • Jie An (China Education and Research Network Center)

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The role of the NRENs in supporting Open Science

This field of Open Science provides many opportunities for GÉANT and the NRENs. The community is uniquely placed to ensure Europe-wide coverage and offer consistency to provision. This paper will portray the current landscape of research data support in several European countries, summarising the key challenges faced by research communities and institutions, and identifying possible opportunities. These include strategic coordination of national Open Science agendas, a European-wide procurement framework for research data services akin to the current OCRE cloud provision, research community collaboration and possibly data service installation and delivery.

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Thursday

Keynote: Digital transformation of research intensive universities

24/06 14.00 - 14.45 CEST


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Keynote: Digital transformation of research intensive universities

The digital transformation of universities reveals significant challenges that are crucial to the benefit of society. Unfortunately most universities are lagging behind. This keynote discusses the major transformation shifts that should take place in order to avoid missing this opportunity.

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  • Serge Fdida (Professor Computer Science Dept - Vice-President International Development - Sorbonne Université)

Thursday

Cresting the Wave of Collaboration and Surfing Towards a Cybersecure Future!

24/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Nancy Carter (CANARIE)

Presentations

Cresting the Wave of Collaboration and Surfing Towards a Cybersecure Future!

Canadians know something about waves, living in the country with the world’s longest coastline. And we know a few things about collaboration, which is why we’re excited to share the details of a series of cybersecurity collaborations among members of Canada’s NREN community. The collaborations reflect a collective approach that contribute to an overall framework that strengthens the cybersecurity stance of the entire ecosystem. Join us and learn how to ride the wave without getting swamped!

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Thursday

The evolution of eduroam

24/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Paul Dekkers

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The evolution of eduroam

eduroam is a very well-known service in the community. It is deployed across thousands of education and research organisations in over 100 countries, and serves billions of roaming end-user authentications each year.

The consortium had to constantly adapt to growth, both proactively and reactively changing its policies, procedures, governance structures, technologies, and support services to enable it sustaining its tremendous growth rate, sometimes 300% per year. The presentation will provide an overview of the major milestones in the eduroam consortium’s development over time, along with a deeper look at recent additions: the eduroam Managed SP service, geteduroam, OpenRoaming, CAT, …

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Thursday

Brazil’s Connected Students project – inclusion and democratisation of access in challenging times

24/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Tom Fryer (GÉANT)

Presentations

Brazil’s Connected Students project – inclusion and democratisation of access in challenging times

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought enormous challenges but also opportunities for innovative action by R&E networks. In Brazil, firstly with the closure of higher education institutions, then a return in virtual or hybrid mode, communication and collaboration services were in high demand and differences in the socioeconomic status of students were even more exposed. To enable democratic access to e-learning content, it was necessary to provide access to mobile networks (4G) for more than 131,000 students at 110 higher education institutions. This presentation will introduce the Connected Students project, its results so far and the results expected in 2021.

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Thursday

Internet2’s NextGeneration Infrastructure: Terabit Scale and Enhanced Services

24/06 15.00 - 15.40 CEST


Chairs

  • Rob Evans (Jisc)

Presentations

Internet2’s Next Generation Infrastructure: Terabit Scale and Enhanced Services

Driven by a community engagement effort spanning several years, the Internet2 Next Generation Infrastructure (NGI) is now under active deployment - hardware technicians are in the field, configurations are being tested, and software is under development. This talk will provide an overview of the efforts currently underway with a focus on immediate tangible progress on our efforts to transition onto our new platforms.

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Friday

Behind the Scenes at TNC21

25/06 09.30 - 09.50 CEST


Chairs

  • Damian Niemir (Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center)

Presentations

Behind the Scenes at TNC21

START OF THE DAY

Taking TNC21 online was a challenge and a creative opportunity for the conference technical, communications and events teams. How did it go from their perspective and what did they learn? Join Damian Niemir (Creative Technical lead of TNC, PSNC) as he takes us behind the scenes of TNC21.

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  • N/A

Friday

Lightning Talks & TNC21 Closing Words

25/06 10.00 - 11.20 CEST


Presentations

Just Consume It!

Real agility comes from quick, easy access to tools and information. This is crucial to one’s ability to quickly evolve the one’s activities and output at the same rate at which innovation occurs. This lightening talk will briefly explore this agility in terms of activities relating to teaching and learning, and research.

We will also look at the obstacles (and related misconceptions) to the easy consumption of cloud based digital services. These include digital sovereignty; data security; protection of personal information.

This topic will include the importance of the digital (identical) twin in driving efficiencies in the delivery of all that is SMART through AI (SMART cities; campuses; schools).

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Sell your IPv4 addresses and become rich and famous!

If you have IPv4 addresses, you are wealthy. They are worth serious money today. Before selling your stockpile to hungry traders, of course you first have to assess whether your constituency will need them in the future - which might not be an easy question to answer. Let's consider the scenario that you don't need them anymore. What is next? What are the ethical and moral dilemmas that you will find on your path? Will selling those addresses turn you in a modern version of Doctor Faustus or is it just the best thing you can do on your way to become an even better NREN?

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  • Floor Jas (SURF, Head of Network, Trust & Security)

RNP's Kubernetes Ecosystem

The presentation will show a project for the successful deployment of a Kubernetes Ecosystem at RNP, the Brazilian National Research and Education Network. Establishing and running Kubernetes and related software poses a big and continuous challenge to organizations. The project team had to understand the communities around Kubernetes and they chose to deploy software from many projects in order to achieve the goal: a platform to manage Kubernetes clusters (Rancher), monitoring tools (Prometheus and Grafana), a tool to automate TLS certificates generation (cert-manager), SDS integration (Ceph's RBD integration), network load balancers (MetalLB), backup (Velero) and so on.

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The metadata is more than we can chew

There are over 7000 entities in the eduGAIN metadata. The result of serialization of this information yields a file of 60MB. All SAML stacks are functionally able to consume metadata files but the processing requires special treatment from the operational side. As an example, if one uses SimpleSAMLphp to consume the feed, the default memory limits - which should suit practically all PHP applications under normal use-cases - will need to be increased substantially, along with the maximum script execution time. Similarly, in case of a Shibboleth SP, loading directly from eduGAIN metadata can cause noticeable and unwanted downtime.

In the GN4-3 Trust and Identity Incubator project we stress-tested the four common SAML stacks with our mockup-metadata that comes in 10k,15k,30k,50k and 100k elements. In this lightning talk, you'll learn whether there is any SAML stack that can handle such big metadata.

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Telomerase - eternal life or a panacea for all cancers!?

Telomerase is considered the key to cellular immortality, the "fountain of youth." This enzyme allows cells to multiply rapidly without aging. At the same time, telomerase allows cancer cells to divide indefinitely, which is the reason for the formation of tumors.
Scientists from all over the world have been trying to solve this problem for a very long time. But today there is no exact model of the structure of human telomerase, due to the complexity of the structure and the high cost of this study.
Computer modeling methods make it possible to quickly and cost-effectively reconstruct the spatial structure of human telomerase by homology based on the structural data of related templates. The work is done with the help of the State Supercomputer Multi-access Center of the UIIP NASB and the NREN BASNET network infrastructure. Computer methods of molecular dynamics optimize the model and make it accurate enough for rational design drugs and will help to understand that telomerase is eternal life or a panacea for oncology.

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A testbed to bridge the cybersecurity skills gap in Industrial Control Systems

In today’s market-driven economy, businesses opt for efficient and more connected control systems that provide more visibility, efficiency, and information about the industrial process. On the other hand, increased connectivity also presents new cybersecurity concerns. Attacks on Industrial Control Systems (ICS) can have a significant impact not only on the organisation, but also within the wider economy, and may even become a threat to human life.

This project proposes a testbed to equip ICS defenders with tools to visualise the ICS cyber kill chain end-to-end, identify weaknesses and harden an ICS environment. This open-source simulation project tries to achieve a realistic and holistic visualisation of an ICS organisation combining nodes typically found in both the Enterprise and Control zones, to grow capacity in the ICS cybersecurity space.

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National Research and Academic Digital Repository of Ethiopia (NRADRE)

Data repositories are carried out by some of individual institutions and the level of implementation varies. It is still lacking a comprehensive and quality system that can capture all research publications and projects in Ethiopian higher education institutions. It is important to optimize the opportunity offered by the ever-evolving digital environment to consolidate and systematize the increasingly volume of information, it can be journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, thesis, dissertations and researches will be deposited in institutional repositories and be easily
‘findable’ by users. It is envisaged that a national system that catalogues all research publications and projects in Ethiopian higher education would help researchers to efficiently identify a research gap and reduce duplicate works. EthERNet succeeded in its mission of helping Ethiopian esearchers find, access, use/re-use and share research and journals. Many participants who have interest in researches and education will attend the program, I believe it would be great to share
this successful project with all participants.

Speakers:
  • Lensa Abera (Ethiopian Education and Research Network)

Creating the World of CLAW

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NetPredict: A Google-Map Style Tool to View and Schedule Congestion-free Transfers

In this lightning talk, we present NetPredict, a platform tool hosted on Google Cloud Platform, that allows real-time deep learning model-based prediction, plugged into actual SNMP statistics from ESnet routers to forecast network utilization up to 48 hours in the future. The tool leverages a unique graph neural network that builds upon Dynamic Convolutional neural network methods to help improve predictions by 85% compared to all statistical and standard deep learning models available.

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  • Mariam Kiran (ESnet, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Incident Management: The First Fifteen Minutes

Incident management is extremely complex, and every organisation and system has its own complexities and priorities. There are also many common elements involved, including ensuring that roles have been clearly established, that those who can fix the problem are being left alone to do so and that communication has started with everyone who needs to be kept updated.

In HEAnet we have recently updated our major incident processes with a focus on the first fifteen minutes, a clear checklist of items, with handy flowcharts, which can be applied to any type of incident and that will form a solid foundation for incident communication and resolution.

Why fifteen minutes? Firstly, I like the alliteration of The First Fifteen Minutes, but also because this is a rough period in which staff can realise there is an incident that needs management, during which more people can be involved and that clients will understand as an acceptable amount of time for very initial communication to start.

This LT will explain some of the thinking behind our choices and outline what those first fifteen minutes look like and show how easy it is to integrate this type of plan into any existing incident management process, or how it can form the basis of an entirely new one.

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