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  • Macedonian Academic and Research Network - MARNet

    1. 1. Macedonian Academic and Research Network (MARNet) Fourth International Conference e-Society.Mk: ICT in Education Skopje, Macedonia 10 December 2008 Prof. Dr. Margita Kon-Popovska [email_address] MARNet MB
    2. 2. About MARNet <ul><li>MARNet is organizational unit of the Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje establish in 1994 year by auspices of the Ministry of research of R. Macedonia. </li></ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide international and national networking services to the Macedonian academic research & educational community and support to their research and educational activities, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote and disseminate the use of ICT in the academic and research sector. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connection to the international networks with basic IP provision; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain and management of the national DNS, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International memberships, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National academic network policy and development. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. MARNet international organizations participation TERENA 1994 CEENET 1994 RIPE GEANT3 2008
    4. 4. MARNet international connectivity <ul><li>SEEREN2 (6FP project) </li></ul><ul><li>connectivity to GEANT2 </li></ul><ul><li>68 Mbps 2008 Athens </li></ul><ul><li>155 Mbps Vienna point to point </li></ul><ul><li>link to GEANT2 in few days </li></ul><ul><li>622 Mbps – 10 Gbps, </li></ul><ul><li>3Q 2009 – 2013 GEANT3 </li></ul>4 mbps 2004 34 mbps 2006 68 mbps 2007
    5. 5. <ul><li>SEELIGHT Project </li></ul><ul><li>South-East European Lambda Network Facility for research and education </li></ul><ul><li>HIPERB </li></ul><ul><li>Hellenic Plan for the Economic Reconstruction of the Balkan </li></ul><ul><li>Expected start beginning of 2009 </li></ul>Regional plan
    6. 6. MARNET actual/ potential users Staff Hospitals/others Academic staff / students Private Universities Academic staff / students University SEE , TETOVO 2 Mbps Administrative staff Government departments (national/regional/local) Teachers / pupils Primary schools/ clones (340 libraries) Teachers / pupils Secondary schools (75 libraries) Experts Research associations Experts/librarians Public libraries, Special libraries, Archives, Museums, Cultural heritage institutions 64 kbps Staff / users University Library BITOLA 1 Gbps Staff / users Faculty libraries, SKOPE 2 Mbps Staff / users National & University Library SKOPJE Research Staff Research / MANU, independent R&D institution Academic staff / students University , TETOVO Academic staff / students University STIP 64 kbps Academic staff / students University Ss Climent Ohridski BITOLA 1 Gbps Academic staff / students University Ss Cyril & Methodius SKOPJE Connectivity Users Actual and potential users (estimation)
    7. 7. MARNet network l <ul><ul><li>Skopje -MAN optics deployed 2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on gigabit multilayer switches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interconnect University campuses’ LANs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless optics and radio backup deployed 2004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interchange point with national ISPs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants: Faculties & Research Institutes in Skopje </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Austrian Government grant + NATO NIG project </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Gigabit Metro Optical Network Facts & Figures Owned by MARNet – Ss Cyril and Methodius, University Total length: 20 km Throughput: 1 Gbit/sec Optical cable with 12-18-24 fibers More than 95% students and academic staff of the University are covered
    9. 9. <ul><li>One of the key aims of the ERA – European Research Area </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated networking & Grid environment = eInfrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>MARNet strategy is participation in ERA & regional developments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NATO NIG, UNESCO-HP, Austrian government Grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SEEREN1/2 regional connectivity to GEANT2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GEANT3 member </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SEEFIRE: studying the feasibility of long-term solutions </li></ul><ul><li>for dark fiber backbone in the region </li></ul><ul><li>SEELight: long term lambda connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>SEEGRID1/2 & SEEGRID-SCI: </li></ul><ul><li>building the regional Grid infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>within and beyond EGEE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1st phase: infrastructure establishment, pilot applications, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2nd phase: infrastructure expansion, multi-disciplinary app. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3th phase regional grid applications: seismology , </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>meteorology, environmental sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SEE ERA-EI South east European Research Area for eInfrastructures </li></ul><ul><li>ELISE: E-learning for Improving access to Information Society for SMEs in the SEE Area, Academia & SME’s cooperation in the SEE to improve the general competitiveness of the region </li></ul><ul><li>Tempus project: Video Conferencing Educational Services </li></ul>Following European Vision
    10. 10. Results -Services and tools structure <ul><li>Participate in implementation of some of a plethora of state of the art tools were incorporated and expected to be implemented through the ongoing and future projects </li></ul>Starting: Video conferencing, EDUROAM, CERT
    11. 11. ACADEMIA & SME’s COOPERATION <ul><li>ELISE E-learning for Improving access to Information Society for SMEs in the SEE Area </li></ul><ul><li>Training tutors, SMEs </li></ul><ul><li>e - L earning platform, teleconferencing </li></ul><ul><li>10.000 booklets </li></ul><ul><li>Policy maker </li></ul><ul><li>workshops </li></ul>
    12. 12. Conclusions <ul><li>Maturity of the MARnet is achieved, proved by acceptance in GN3 </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks to SEEREN1/2, SEEGRID1/2, SEEGRID-SCI, SEEFIRE, ELISA and national financial support, remarkable results were achieved in the SEE region regarding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eInfrastructure (including grid) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academia & SMEs cooperation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Involvement of important stakeholders was achieved </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public bodies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Significant experience in management of the multi country projects were gained </li></ul><ul><li>New human networks were established pawing the way to new joint projects and cooperation </li></ul>
    13. 13. Conclusions <ul><li>Complementing EC Framework Programs with regional/national initiatives (e.g. in the case of SEE initiatives like the Balkan Action Plan), EU structural funds, support/funding programs from global organizations like NATO, UNESCO, donations from industry HP, CISKO, SUN, etc., can contribute to the sustainability of the efforts </li></ul><ul><li>We expect further international participation in joint projects in high performance networking, e-Science and e-Education </li></ul>
    14. 14. Further plans <ul><li>But sustainability of MARnet will be achieved with expected low for MARNet status and stabile Governmental financing </li></ul><ul><li>Highest priority development of the National backbone that will interconnect all the academic and research institutions in Macedonia </li></ul><ul><li>Including possible other users: schools, public libraries, cultural and heritage institutions, hospitals and others </li></ul><ul><li>In next 4 years upgrading international links in the range of </li></ul><ul><li>622 Mbps -10 Gbps </li></ul>