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GRNET: Greek Research And Technology Network S.A.

GRNETSince its founding 9 years ago, the Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET) has been recognised -both inside and outside Greece- as a highly-dynamic, public interest institution. GRNET is a legal entity (state-owned corporation) under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Development - General Secretariat for Research and Technology. Its mission, as stated in its Constitution, is to provide high-quality electronic networking services to the Academic, Research and Educational community of Greece and to disseminate Information & Communications Technologies to the general public.
GRNET is an integral part of the Trans-European High Speed Network GÉANT and an International Partner of Internet2. It is a member of RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens), TERENA (Trans-European Research & Education Networking Association), CEEnet (Central & Eastern European Networking Association) and EuroIX (European Internet Exchange). It undertakes initiatives for the coordination of regional programmes, such as the integration of the National Research Networks of South-Eastern Europe (SEEREN) and of 3rd Mediterranean countries (EUMEDCONNECT) within GÉANT. GRNET was a vital partner in Q-MED, which enabled the integration of the Academic and Research Networks of Israel (MACHBA) and Cyprus (CYNET) within GÉANT/TEN-155. Moreover, GRNET participates in the 6NET project that aims to help European research and industry to define and develop the next generation of networking technologies based on IPv6. Finally, GRNET coordinated the SEEREN (South-Eastern European Research and Education Networking) which extended GEANT to the SEE region. SEEREN was considered best-practice and its continuation, SEEREN2, starts in 2005/Q4.
GRNET participates in the GRIDCC (Grid-enabled Remote Instrumentation with Distributed Control and Computation) project (www.gridcc.org), which aims at producing middleware to integrate scientific instruments with the computational and data grid. Within the GRIDCC project, GRNET has focused its effort on the real-time requirements of grid-enabled instrumentation and related issues such as Quality of Service, Service Level Agreements, Workflow Management, Resource Management, and others.
GRNET is also one of the core partners of the EGEE (Enabling Grids for eScience in Europe) project (public.eu-egee.org) where it participates in the Project Management Board, representing 5 countries of the SEE region, and runs the Regional Operations Centre for South-East Europe (www.egee-see.org). GRNET co-ordinates all the production Grid operations in the region, currently in the order of 18 sites and 300 CPUs, with a steep rising curve. Furthermore, GRNET coordinates the SEE-GRID (South-Eastern European GRid-Enabled eInfrastructures Development) project (www.see-grid.org), aiming at creating a Grid infrastructure in SouthEastern Europe. Finally, GRNET has played a leading role in Hellas Grid Task Force (www.hellasgrid.gr), which was ratified by the Ministry of Economic & Finance in 2002. The basic objectives of the Hellas Grid initiative were to propose the nationwide strategy and steer the operation of the national infrastructure.
In the first semester of 2003, GRNET whole-heartedly supported the initiatives of the Greek EU Presidency (Ministry of Development – General Secretariat for Research & Technology) and the European Commission (DG INFSO & DG RESEARCH) for drafting a common strategy on issues of «e-Infrastructures» for Research and Education (GÉANT/NRENs/Grids). As a result, a permanent strategic planning mechanism (e-Infrastructures Reflection Group - eIRG) was established, under the coordination of the rotating EU Presiding States. This mechanism, having as a point of reference the first “Athens Meeting” in June 2003, is expected to play an important role to the development of eInfrastructures in Europe and worldwide. Detailed information on GRNET can be found at www.grnet.gr .