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2019-11-19
Terabit network between Polish HPC centers presented at this year's SC19

For the 15th time PIONIER Consortium participates in the world’s largest conference and exhibition of supercomputing technologies and new generation networks - Supercomputing SC19.

This year, the main accents at the booth no. 1955 concentrate around the national network PIONIER Polish Optical Internet. This network is already a part of the global scientific infrastructure, connecting directly with traffic exchange points in Europe, through which it offers Polish scientists access to European e-infrastructures PRACE, LOFAR, EUDAT, EGI as well as a direct connection to CERN. Access to data and services of these European infrastructures is also provided by PIONIER to the Eastern Europe scientific networks focused around the EaP Connect project. Using the PIONIER optical network infrastructure, together with GEANT, a dedicated connection between the University of Warsaw and Singapore is being demonstrated, which opens new opportunities for Polish science to cooperate with research and development centers in East Asia.

In addition, the booth presents the services of the PIONIER network, including the new eduMEET service, which PSNC is developing together with Partners as a service for the entire environment of the pan-European network GEANT. Based on the modern capabilities of web browsers, the service enables effective functionality of multiuser videoconferencing simultaneously with 4K quality without the use of specialized software and dedicated infrastructure. "The solution based on the WebRTC protocol avoids many problems of existing solutions such as user accounts, special plugins or firewall locks" said Bartlomiej Idzikowski (PSNC). In Denver, it will be possible to test the service's functionalities live, connecting to European terminals, as well as the GEANT booth, also present at SC19.

 

It is worth noting that this year more than a dozen European institutions and initiatives are marking their presence through the creation of a special zone "EuroZone", situating the booths close to each other and presenting joint research projects; Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center with the PIONIER Consortium is also a part of this valuable idea.

Damian Niemir

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PIONIER Consortium

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