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The Pakistan and Education Research Network (PERN) is the current network interconnecting the research and education community within Pakistan (~ 60 public and private universities and institutes are ...

The Pakistan and Education Research Network (PERN) is the current network interconnecting the research and education community within Pakistan (~ 60 public and private universities and institutes are currently connected.) PERN is managed by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). Like other NRENs, PERN provides dedicated connectivity between the institutions it connects as well as video-conference services and access to digital library resources. PERN also provides a gateway to the global commercial Internet for its users, but currently does not have dedicated connections to other NRENs.

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  • James Williams Indiana University 3/11/2011Research and Education Connectivity to PakistanWith a possible extension to AfghanistanResearch and Education Networking in PakistanThe Pakistan and Education Research Network (PERN) is the current network interconnectingthe research and education community within Pakistan (~ 60 public and private universities andinstitutes are currently connected.) PERN is managed by the Higher Education Commission ofPakistan (HEC). Like other NRENs, PERN provides dedicated connectivity between theinstitutions it connects as well as video-conference services and access to digital libraryresources. PERN also provides a gateway to the global commercial Internet for its users, butcurrently does not have dedicated connections to other NRENs.While the initial PERN network has been upgraded in the past, a new generation network,PERN2, is planned to overhaul the network and its capabilities. PERN2 is expected to providegigabit-level connectivity to connected institutions, extend the reach of the network to additionalpublic institutions, including libraries, health centers and schools. PERN2 will be a fiber-opticbased network in the core and gigabit metronet in seven (07) major cities of the country, providingthe network capabilities of a cyberinfrastructure for the Pakistan research and educationcommunity.Pakistan–US Research Network ConnectivityTo complement and enhance the planned network upgrade of the PERN network, the USNational Science Foundation (NSF) and the HEC have agreed to split the costs of providing highspeed international research and education network connectivity between the US and Pakistan.Contracts have been signed as of July 3, 2008. We expect a circuit (155Mbps) to be deliveredbetween PERN2 at Karachi and the TransPAC2 point of presence in Singapore in August 2008.This connection will provide researchers in Pakistan with connectivity to their US colleagues andto the global internet. Two diagrams are attached. The first shows the TransPAC2 connectionfrom the US to Tokyo, Japan, from Tokyo to Singapore and then to Karachi. The second diagramillustrates how this R/E network will connect Pakistan to the cluster of global network connectionin Asia.I visited Pakistan in early April. I met with officials from the HEC, including the Chairman, Dr.Atta-ur-Rahman and toured various universities and research institutes. While in Pakistan Iconducted a seminar on high performance networking for the HEC and a number of Pakistanuniversity faculty and administrators at the HEC offices in Islamabad.Pakistan-US Science ApplicationsThis goal of this project is increasing science cooperation between the US and Pakistan. Theestablishment of high performance network connectivity between the US and Pakistan is only afirst step. Between three and six months after the network connection is actually up (expectedAugust 15), the project will host a US-Pakistan science collaboration seminar in the US. Thisseminar will bring together 3-4 sets of discipline researchers from the US and Pakistan to discussin detail how this network connection can enhance their research. Based on feedback andsuccess of this first seminar a companion seminar will be held in Pakistan six to nine monthsfollowing the first seminar.
  • James Williams Indiana University 3/11/2011Pakistan-Afghanistan connectivityWhen the Pakistan connection is operational, I would like to consider an extension of thatconnection to Afghanistan. I realize this will be difficult from many, many perspectives. But, Iimagine a 45Mbps terrestrial connection from Peshawar to Kabul. I have been told that there isfiber cable from Peshawar to Kabul that can be activated. Up to this point, my total attention hasbeen focused on Pakistan and I have not investigated this spur connection to Afghanistan. I willreport more on this and new encouraging activities related to a network connection to India aftermy visit to South Asia in early August.Feel free to contract me for additional information.Best regards,JimJames G. WilliamsTransPAC2 Principle InvestigatorIndiana Universitywilliams@indiana.edu
  • James Williams Indiana University 3/11/2011