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About GigaCampus 2006-2009

Download: GigaCampus Final Report, May 2010

The GigaCampus programme is a four year initiative (2006 - 2009) put forward by UNINETT and supported by the Norwegian government. The overall objective is to address key networking challenges on the campus networks of Norwegian universities and university colleges. The program defines a number of goals divided into seven focus areas; physical infrastructure, networking, mobility, person-to-person communication (SIP), security, management and operations, and end-to-end quality.

GigaCampus introduces UNINETT Task Force; working groups consisting of IT professionals from universities and university colleges. The working groups define best practices which are used as guidelines on our collaborate path towards an improved end-to-end network infrastructure.

A strengthened and extended e-infrastructure will provide the users with unlimited access to information and resources and opens for new areas of use and more advanced services.

A standardization of the e-infrastructure will forward cost-efficient and good shared solutions. A stable national network structure is a prerequisite for the sector in order to provide a basis for the best possible education and advanced research activities. EU concludes through the SERENATE-report from December 2003 that research networks are important, national assets. Further on, the report points out that the weakest links in the network chain are the campus networks.

UNINETT continues our focus on campus also after 2009. From 2010 UNINETT has a permanent campus activity, where many of the areas from GigaCampus are continued.

Focus areas

  • Physical infrastructure
  • High-capacity networks
  • Mobility
  • Person-to-person communication
  • Security
  • Service management
  • End-to-end quality

UNINETT engineering task force will consist of IT professionals from universities, university colleges and UNINETT. The task force will cooperate within the different focus areas.

Main goals

In 2010 will:

  • the Norwegian university and university college sector have a high quality and fault tolerant end-to-end computer network with gigabit capacity to most users. Particular user groups will be given higher capacities.
  • Norway's student and researchers be able to move seemlessly around the campus areas with wireless network connections from laptops and handheld units, as for instance PDAs.
  • IP-based person-to-person communication be available. It will be easy for end-users to establish real time speech- and videoconversations over the Internet.
  • the university and university college sector's security work be well coordinated. Local security teams (Incident Response Teams) will be established and a common framework for the security policy taken into use.
  • proactive operations have a stronger focus. Joint standards and recommendations will be implemented, and tools and solutions will be widely used.
  • good means intercept and improve quality reduction of services. We will have a particular focus on ensuring real-time needs.
  • IT professionals from all over the university and university college sector have improved their knowledge and skills due to courses, seminars and UNINETT enigineering task force's production of whitepapers, called UFS. The UFS-documents may be technical specifications, recommendations, handbooks and how-to-do lists.

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