International Collaboration

DICE strategic initiative on trans-Atlantic cooperation

Regional “Multi-domain” Networking Research networks around the globe use a diverse range of technologies, operational approaches and procedures within their own individual networking domain. The increasing interest in international research and education co-operation drives and supports the development of research networking services on a global scale. There is a need to deliver services and applications that can transcend these domains and provide a seamless networking experience to the user.

GÉANT is involved in finding networking solutions to facilitate this concept of “multi-domain” networking services both across Europe and on a global scale.

DICE is a strategic collaboration between European and North American Research and Education Networking partners.  The main focus is on optimizing cross-Atlantic networking communication operations for all research and education users and interest extends to common development of network services.  Europe is represented through GEANT in the DICE collaboration. In North America the current partners are Internet2, ESNet, Canarie and USLHCNet. 

The DICE collaboration includes workshops and ongoing collaboration in specific areas within the GÉANT research programme, where engineers work together to advance research for the benefit of all. The different areas of work for technical collaboration are:
  •  General network operations
  • Joint transatlantic circuit planning , engineering and operations co-ordination
  • Implementation and monitoring of point-to-point circuits
  • Continued joint development of perfSONAR and IDC protocol (inter-domain controller) for dynamic circuit provisioning
  • Development of a general authentication and authorisation architecture