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A)The GÉANT Project
has grown during its iterations (GN1, GN2, GN3, GN3plus, GN4-1) to incorporate not just the award-winning 500Gbps pan-European network, but also a catalogue of advanced, user-focused services, and a successful programme of innovation that is pushing the boundaries of networking technology to deliver real impact to over 50 million users.
The GÉANT network provides the high speed connectivity needed to share, access and process the massive volumes of data. This data is generated by, and essential to, diverse research and education communities across such areas as particle physics, bioinformatics, earth observation, drug discovery, and arts and culture.
A European success story
Through the joined forces of Europe’s national research and education networking (NREN) organisations, the GÉANT Project and associated programme of activities have been a vital element of Europe’s e-infrastructure strategy for 15 years.
Throughout its iterations the GÉANT Project has consistently shown itself to be a truly pan-European collaboration. For GN4 Phase 2 (GN4-2), the new iteration of the project which began on 1 May 2016, 38 partners unite under a common approach to advance the state of the art in networking and services innovation.
A separate internet, just for research and education users
Funded by the project, the GÉANT network interconnects Europe’s NRENs, operates at speeds of up to 500Gbps and reaches more than half the countries in the world. It offers the highest levels of capacity and security that research and education users need, where and when they need it.
Through a process of innovation, the GÉANT Project offers a comprehensive portfolio of services and applications to support and enhance the connectivity options available – network monitoring, performance enhancement, trust and identity, security, cloud and mobility services.
Making a difference across diverse communities
Our pioneering network, innovations and services have an impact across Europe, from big science projects to the man in the street, and the knowledge communities GÉANT serves are diverse:
- Big science projects that involve large amounts of data generation and widespread scientific collaborations.
- Universities, hospitals, schools, art and humanities, museums.
- Individuals such as researchers, students, teaching staff and Citizen Science.
The GÉANT Project and associated activities have been a vital element of Europe’s e-infrastructure strategy for 15 years.
The GÉANT Project is a key part of the Digital Agenda for Europe, a flagship initiative driving Europe 2020.
The collaboration of the NREN partners has long been paramount to the continued success of the GÉANT project.
The GÉANT Project is structured into four functional activity groups: Networking, Development Service, Production & Security Service and Joint Research.
51 deliverables were undertaken for the GN4-1 iteration of the GÉANT Project. GN4-2 to follow.
For GN4-1 project deliverables click here
B)Get ready for Li-Fi, a technology 100 times faster than Wi-Fi
The world might eventually have to shift its reliance on Wi-Fi to Li-Fi, an alternative technology that scientists say can reach speeds of 1 Gbps in real-world use — 100 times faster than average Wi-Fi speeds.
At those speeds, you could download a high-definition movie in just a few seconds.
A company called Velmenni told the IBTimes UK that it took the technology out of the labs and into real-world offices and industrial environments in Estonia, where it was able to achieve those speeds.
Li-Fi transmits data using LED lights, which flicker on and off within nanoseconds, imperceptible to the human eye. It was invented in 2011, and in the lab, has been able to reach a mindblowing224 Gbps.
Unlike Wi-Fi signals which can penetrate walls, Li-Fi is based on light and can’t, so its range is theoretically more limited. However, because of that limit, Li-Fi is also potentially more secure from external sniffing.
Li-Fi also opens more possibilities for smart home appliances. In the future, LED lightbulbs for the home could serve two functions — lighting up a room and helping to create a network in the house for devices to talk to each other.
Both companies offer kits to early adopters to install Li-Fi networks in the office and home, and pureLiFi claims speeds of 10 Mbps with his current offering.
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