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Campus Best Practices

This is the external wiki for the GEANT task “Campus Best Practices”, or CBP for short. CBP started its work in GN3 as part of EU's seventh framework and ran from April 1 2009 till March 31 2013. CBP continues in the GN3plus project running from April 1 2013 till March 31 2015.

The GN3plus project consists of 6 activities which in turn are divided into a number of tasks. NA3 (Network Activity 3) is named “Status and Trends” and contains four tasks, where Task 2 is “Campus Best Practices”.



The overall objectives are to address key challenges for the European campus networks, organise working groups and provide an evolving and to-the-point set of best-practice documents for the community.

The task aims to challenge individual Research and Education Networking organisations to reinforce their national efforts in promoting best practices in campus networking. Better synchronisation of efforts at the national level of research networking and on campus is essential for viable end-to-end services. Another target is to find the means to develop and maintain national best-practice recommendations. As in the Norwegian GigaCampus project, an IETF-style working model can be considered for the working groups in the countries served by the pilot NRENs (see below). Dissemination of results at European-wide workshops and conferences is important.

Read more... (17 page PDF, November 2011)

Work Plan

(needs to be updated for GN3plus)

The Task will address national campus coordination activities, analogous to what has been achieved in the GigaCampus project run by UNINETT, the Norwegian NREN organisation. Four pilot NRENs will have a central role in the Task, namely UNINETT, FUNET, CESNET and AMRES. The Task will initially focus on the campuses in the four corresponding countries. The experiences from the GigaCampus project and from the other pilot NREN countries will be made available for the European NREN and campus community as a whole.

The national set-ups in the countries served by the pilot NRENs will be along the following lines:

Each pilot NREN will in its country take the necessary initiatives and coordinate the activities for the different technical areas. Focus areas are physical infrastructure, campus networking, mobility, security, network monitoring and real-time communications. Participants from the relevant technical units at the universities are invited to working groups, which will work to propose recommendations. Agreements in these working groups will be based on rough consensus (the “IETF model”).

As part of the working group activity, training and workshops will take place at national, regional and local level, depending on the subject concerned. Trainers will be experts from the working groups and industry experts.

As the results and recommendations from the countries of the pilot NRENs become available, they will be actively disseminated to the wider European NREN and campus communities. Recommendations and experiences will be laid down in best-practice documents, which will be translated if needed and be disseminated throughout Europe. NREN and campus staff involved in the work in the countries of the pilot NRENs will present the results of the work at suitable events, e.g. the GN3 Project Symposia, the TERENA Networking Conferences, EUNIS conferences and national research networking conferences in various European countries. When other NRENs want to set up similar national structures and activities, the pilot NRENs will provide support and advice.

The dissemination efforts will be reported in the annual reports from this Task (deliverables DN3,4.1,1 to DN3.4.1,4).

The Task will provide technical background material for possible joint procurements of groups of universities, based on the consensus on recommendations and requirements achieved in the Task, thereby increasing their purchasing power and reducing duplication of work.

Technical focus areas

These are the six areas agreed upon for GN3 Year 3 and Year 4. Each area has an icon which is used at Areas may/will be revised for GN3plus.

  • Physical infrastructure: This area addresses the requirements for generic cabling systems on campus, both fibre and twisted pair. The requirements of the infrastructure in telecommunications and server rooms are also dealt with. This includes power supply, ventilation and cooling, and fire protection, as well as general ICT room-plan guidelines. Recommendations for building an audio-visual (AV) infrastructure in lecture halls and meeting rooms are also covered.
  • Campus networking. This area deals with the campus network itself, with the routers and switches as its basic building blocks. Requirements to both Layer 2 and Layer 3 are covered. Recommendations for a redundant design are given. There is a particular emphasis on guidelines for implementing IPv6 on campus. Lightpaths on campus are also dealt with.
  • Wireless: This area focuses on the wireless infrastructure on campus. Radio planning, design of the wireless network, security considerations, including the implementation of IEEE 802.1X are covered. eduroam requirements and radius setup are dealt with. Cookbooks for controller-based implementations are given. Legal aspects are examined.
  • Network monitoring: This area focuses on network monitoring of the campus network. General requirements and framework conditions for monitoring are given. NetFlow/IPFIX analysis is covered. Security monitoring, anomaly detection and behaviour analysis are also dealt with. Particular considerations for IPv6 monitoring are given. References to a number of open source tools are given, many of which have been developed within the GÉANT community.
  • Real-time communications: This area recommends infrastructures for real-time communications with an emphasis on open standards, and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), in particular. The infrastructure itself should be media transparent, coping with voice, video, messaging, document sharing, and presence. Particular focus is given to Voice over IP (VoIP) and IP telephony. Best practices from a number of NRENs in Europe are given. Security concerns are discussed and implemented solutions are recommended. Performance issues are also covered.
  • Security: This area deals with security considerations for the campus network. A template for a security policy is proposed, based on core principles, as defined in ISO/IEC 27002. An ICT security architecture for higher education is recommended. Traffic filtering technologies are discussed and general applications are recommended. Adoption of digital certificates in a public key infrastructure (PKI) is covered.


This includes workshops carried out in both GN3 and GN3plus.

Coming up

Have been

All presentations are available from our past workshops:

Date Location Topic
May 27-28 2009Trondheim, NorwayKickoff event for the task team
Oct 20-21 2009Belgrade, SerbiaNetwork monitoring workshop
Apr 29-30 2010Prague, the Czech RepublicIP Telephony workshop
Oct 7, 2010Espoo, FinlandWireless working group joint meeting with the working groups from Finland (MobileFunet) and Norway.
Mar 24-25 2011Espoo, FinlandIPv6 Workshop - "Networking without IPv4?" (Agenda)
Sept 12 2011 Belgrade, Serbia Wireless workshop
Sept 15 2011 Skopje, Macedonia Macedonia dissemination workshop
Apr 24-25 2012 Brno, the Czech RepublicNetwork monitoring workshop
Oct 4-5 2012 Helsinki, Finland The Last IPv6 Workshop?
Mar 13-14 2013Stockholm, Sweden GN3 wireless workshop - the next wave
Apr 11-12 2013 Paris, France GN3+ Kick-off workshop for the team
Oct 10 2013 Vienna, Austria CBP Workshop
Dec 6 2013 Tbilisi, Georgia CEENGINE Network Technology Workshop on security - CBP
Apr 24-25 2014 Praha, Czech Republic Campus network monitoring and security workshop
Jun 19 2014 Sofia, Bulgaria GÉANT Services Workshop: Best Practices in Wireless Networks
Sept 8-11 2014 Chisinau, Moldova E-Infrastructure Autumn workshops
Sept 11-12 2014 Helsinki, Finland Datacenter IaaS workshop


About Campus Best Practices

Poster and leaflet

Current poster and leaflet describing our work:

Older Poster and leaflet (of May 2011):

Best Practice Documents

The main results of our works are the best practice documents:

Annual reports

Further reading

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