The GN4 Phase 3 Network (GN4-3N) proposal for part b of the third Specific Grant Agreement (SGA3(b) is made in response to the H2020-SGA-INFRA-GEANT-2018 (Topic [b] Research and Education Networking) call, received 17 October 2018, under the 68-month Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) established between the GÉANT Consortium and the European Commission in April 2015. It is proposed to last 48 months to implement, as the call requests, a very ambitious restructuring of the backbone network operated by GÉANT in order to provide equal access to clouds and other e-infrastructure services in the European research area and beyond. It will improve the overall resilience and reliability of the GÉANT network significantly and offer a base for future improvements in access, transmission speeds and capacity wherever needed.
This project proposal is based on technical and economic studies carried out during 2017-2018 in the GN4-2 project which have given the Consortium clarity on the resourcing, financial and effort, needed to realize the huge ambition of this undertaking. It exclusively covers the engineering, procurement, acquisition and installation of the new backbone network. The day-to-day network operations as the elements of it is commissioned is the responsibility of the teams described in accompanying the GN4-3 project.
The GN4-3 and GN4-3N proposals are intimately connected through common teams and the technical, management and procurement expertise built-up over previous GN projects. This is what makes this ambitious proposal realistic. GN4-3N and GN4-3 have simply had to be proposed as distinct projects, due to the different funding model (with no depreciation) to be used in GN4-3N project.
The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020”
The outcome of GN4-3N project will offer uniform network access and choice of services to many more partners, eliminating the “digital divide” wherever technically and economically feasible.
Period of project implementation: 2019-01-01 - 2022-12-31
Project coordinator: GEANT association
Project partners: Akademska Raziskovalna Mreza Slovenije (ARNES), United Institute of Informatics problems of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Bulgarian Research and Education Network, CESNET Zajmove Sdruzeni Pravnickych osob, KYPRIAKO EREVNITIKO KAI AKADIMAIKO DIKTYO, Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia, Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA), MACHBA - Interuniversity Computation Center, Javna Ustanova Univerzitet Crne Gore Podgorica, Instytut Chemii Bioorganicznej Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Entidad Publica Empresarial Red.es, Research and Educational Networking Association of Moldova, Groupement d'Internet pour Lereseau National de Telecommunications pour la Technologie l'Enseignement et la Recherche (RENATER), Fondation "Restena", SURFnet bv, SWITCH, University of Belgrade, University of Malta, Macedonian Academic and Research Network, Academic network of Albania, Kaunas University of Technology, University of Vienna, Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, BELNET, HRVATSKA AKADEMSKA I ISTRAZIVACKA MREZA CARNET, Verein zur Förderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes e.V. (DFN-Verein), Consortium GARR, Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association, Heanet Ltd, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Latvia, NORDUnet A/S, Administration Agency of the National Network for Education and Informatics Research (RoEduNet), Zdruzenie Pouzivatelov Slovenskejakademickej Datovej Siete-SANET, Association of Users of Ukrainian Research and Academic Network (URAN), Greek Research and Technology Network, Jisc Services Limited, Korm?nyzati Informatikai Fejlesztési Ügynökség, Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu