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					Update on Advanced Networking in
           Singapore
       L.W.C. Wong & F.B.S. Lee
    Singapore Advanced Research &
          Education Network
                  Background

 R&E networking provision through SingAREN

 SingAREN Phase 1 – started in November 1997
  and essentially completed in March 2001

 Phase 2 – initiated in April 2001 with 2-year
  grant with aim to:
    Ensure continuity of R&E advance networking
     requirements – SingAREN21 infrastructure
    More diverse R&D activities and improved project
     management – Broadband21 projects
Funded by :                                     A*STAR


                                                 National University
                                                 of Singapore
Hosted by :



Project
Partners :
                National      Kent Ridge       Nanyang        Temasek
              University of   Digital Labs   Technological   Polytechnic
               Singapore                       University
         SingAREN Components

 2 main components:
   Internet2 connectivity
     To provision peer connectivity to global R&E
       partners on the basis of demand-driven bandwidth
     Connectivity to US, EU, Japan, Korea & Malaysia
   Broadband grant projects
      Funded by A*STAR & administered by SingAREN
      Project Partners: NUS, NTU, KRDL and TP
    SingAREN Peering Arrangements

 Architecture:
    Peer PVC routerss
    Layer 3 via BGP4
 Domestic peering:
    Connectivity via ATM-based Singapore-ONE
    Tertiary institutions, including NUS, NTU, TP, etc.
    Research centres, including KRDL, NTRC, CIR, etc.
 International peering:
      US - vBNS+/Abilene (27 Mbps)
      Korea & Europe – TEIN (2 Mbps)
      Malaysia – (2 Mbps)
      Asia-Pacific – APAN (2 Mbps)
SingAREN21 Network Configuration
             Multicast/IPv6/E2E

 SingAREN is multicast enabled but needs to
  conserve expensive international bandwidth
 IPv6 activities:
   In discussion to scope project with IDA on
    testbedding national IPv6 infrastructure
   In discussion on collaborative projects with Korea
    & Japan
 E2E performance:
   Contractual agreements with provider on specific
    quality metrics
   “Long fat pipe” problem to boost performance on
    large file transfers
                     New Activities
 SOX - Singapore Open Exchange
    Community project initiated in 2001 to facilitate open transit
     of Internet traffic
 KRAN – Kent Ridge Advanced Network
    Project to set up a small optical network testbed with the aim
     of facilitating in the definition of a country-wide optical R&E
     network in Singapore
 BMG – Bio-Med Grid
    Definition and scoping stage of establishing a Singapore BMG
     in the next 15 months
 ONFIG – Optical Network ConFIGuration
    Multi-party project looking into R&D of optical network
     related devices
 NII – Next-generation Info Infrastructure
    Spearheaded by InfoComm Development Authority (IDA) to
     investigate 2nd generation broadband infrastructure
     Kent Ridge Advanced Network

 Campus-wide optical network testbed for Grid
  technologies and research
 Inter-faculty, research institute collaborative
  R&D
 18-month project focus on:
    optical networking, layer-2 networking
    Grid computing middleware
 Network vendor participation
              BMG Task force

 Formed in Sep 2001
 Aim to formulate blueprint for BMG with
  phased implementation over next 15 months
 5 Technical Committees
   Networking
   Security
   High performance computing & storage
   Software engineering
   End-user training and education
 Sponsored by A*STAR and supported by IDA
        Drivers & Show-stoppers

 R&E community
   Life sciences
   Grid activities
   Demand projections and provisioning?
 Industry
   IDA National Infocomm Roadmap to be announced
    in early March with call for participation
   Timeliness and economic viability of next-generation
    broadband info infrastructure ?
   Killer applications ?
       SingAREN Future Directions

 Role of SingAREN as R&E network service provider
 Rising need for R&E bandwidth – cheaper bandwidth?
 Separation of experimental facility from more reliable
  production facility
 Activities in life sciences will significantly increase
  demand for bandwidth
 Challenges and opportunities for optical networks
 Challenges and opportunities with seamless wireless
  connectivity
www.singaren.net.sg




     Tel: +65-68746630
The Singapore Advanced Research
      & Education Network

				
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