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Study into European Research and Education Networking as Targeted by eEurope
SERENATE was the name of a series of strategic studies into the future of research and education networking in Europe, addressing the local (campus networks), national (national research & education networks), European and intercontinental levels. The SERENATE studies brought together the research and education networks of Europe, national governments and funding bodies, the European Commission, traditional and "alternative" network operators, equipment manufacturers and, last but not least, the scientific and education community as the users of networks and services. The actual situation was that national research and education networks and the wider research networking community in Europe were at the forefront of global technological developments. At the European level, the GEANT interconnect network was a major step forward, introducing 10 Gb/s in the core of the network and offering a wide coverage of 2.5 Gb/s capacity. It was quite likely that GEANT would deploy some links with speeds at or above 100 Gb/s during its lifetime, and even more ambitious longer-term numerical targets might be appropriate. A similar fast development was to be expected at the national and local levels of research networking. SERENATE investigated the strategic aspects of the development of such "superfast" networks, looking into the technical, organisational and financial aspects, the market conditions and the regulatory environment. As a result, by the end of the project, the relevant policy makers, funders and managers of research networks in Europe had at their disposal a set of recommendations and background material that would enable them to set their policies for the further development of European research networking. SERENATE was broken down into 14 interlinked work items, each looking into certain strategic aspects that are of crucial importance for the development of European research networks. Each work item led to a public report.
  • a. Initial workshop, to survey the problem area and receive inputs from stakeholders.
  • b. Review of the status - current or planned for the near future - of the transport infrastructure available for research networking in Europe.
  • c. Study into the development of the national and pan-European regulatory situation, especially in relation to alternative models of acquisition.
  • d. Workshop on operators` views on infrastructure status and likely evolution.
  • e. Study of the telecoms market development and price dynamics and forecast for the evolution in the 2002-2007 time frame of the transport infrastructure.
  • f. Case studies on experiments with "alternative" models of infrastructures and workshop on relevant models for national research and education networks.
  • g. Scenarios for European network infrastructure, including cost evolution.
  • h. Study into the availability and characteristics of equipment for next-generation networks.
  • i. Investigation of user needs in the European research community and priorities.
  • j. Scenarios for timing and costing of European networking infrastructure at international, national and local level.
  • k. Case studies into the extension of research networks into education and other user communities.
  • l. Report identifying issues related to the geographic coverage of European research and education networking.
  • m. Final workshop to present findings and conclusions and to receive comments.
  • n. Summary report on the SERENATE studies.

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