CEENGINE Newsletter #8, December 2013

 Foreword from project coordinator


This is the last newsletter produced by our team within this project, which finishes at the end of the year. We can safely state now, that CEENGINE made a difference. It was in many ways a special project, a great opportunity for our community, which has been exploited to full extent possible.

We have started the project as low profile organisation, supporting some little-known NRENs in Eastern Europe and we are finishing it with 6 EaP NRENs being GEANT members, CEENET being GEANT contractor and some GEANT programme focused on Eastern Europe to be executed.

We have also managed to focus more attention on Eastern Europe from the policy makers and funding bodies – Eastern Partnership Interconnection (EPIC) project has been formulated and positively received by European Commission – with the objective to build Eastern European backbone and to interconnect it with GEANT, the project has potential to change the networking landscape in Eastern Europe.

Here I would like to use this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all CEENET and NRENs personnel who worked hard to make this project a success. I hope this is not the first and not the last we worked together.

Dr. Octavian Rusu, CEENGINE coordinator


 CEENGINE NRENs Technology Workshop in Tbilisi

bannerOur last workshop – CEENGINE NRENs Security Workshop was organized in Tbilisi, from 4th to 7th of December, 2013. The event co-organized by CEENET/CEENGINE and GEANT provided a number of presentation on security technologies, policies and general matters relevant to NRENs for over 60 participants from Europe. Hosted in excellent venue of Radisson Iveria Blu Tbilisi, within beautiful surroundings of the ancient city, the workshop provided a nice conclusion of the project and marked the start of closer cooperation with GEANT project.

The programme included 2 days of lectures organised by CEENGINE and one day of relevant security topics from GEANT Campus Best Practices activity. For the first time in CEENET events, eduroam was available, thanks to FUNET staff, who brought mobile hotspot with them.

The electronic materials from the workshops can be downloaded here. Pictures are available at Flickr

 CEENET training programme in 2014 (GEANT PLUS)

michal_przybylskiCEENGINE NRENs Security Workshop has been received very well and the participants expressed their demand for more workshops of this type.

While the CEENGINE is over soon, CEENET managed to include a series of knowledge and technology transfer workshop in GEANT3 PLUS project programme. Currently three workshops are pre-scheduled in 2014, in particular:  (dates and places are indicative, but highly probable):

• Sofia, Bulgaria, end of May 2014 ( network security + core network technologies)
• Chisinau, Moldova (co-located with RENAM-RoEduNet conference) – August 2014 (with focus on core network technologies and GEANT services)
• Montenegro – late autumn 2014 (with programme more focused on GEANT services)

In order to ensure participation of EaP NRENs, we have ensured that at each workshop there will be 12 seats reserved for EaP countries (with the minimum guarantee of 2 seats per each EaP country). While workshops and their agendas are being prepared at the moment, we assume that the workshop in May will be organised for 2 groups of 20 people each, with intensive “hands on” programme in computer laboratories, kindly provided by Bulgarian Research and Education Network (BREN)


 New CEENET Users Database published

krassi_simonskiThe question of who are the NRENs users and what activities shall be adopted to approach and integrate NRENs users into GEANT community was one of the key challenges of CEENGINE.

In the project we have tried to investigate and attract the users, to collaborate and participate in our activities, and further to stimulate them in their research collaboration with other partners from Western Europe and worldwide. We have analysed over a hundred of users and we have prepared over 80 Power Users profiles. Later on these Power Users were invited to update their profiles and provide more information. In the results, we can boast an extensive WIKI database of NREN Users.

At the end of CEENGINE project, these information have been assembled into online, visual database available to general public. It provides an easy access to the following data:

The database interface is available here.

The database is open and can be updated as necessary with new Power Users and countries to be added or updated. If you want to include your organisation or change profile, please contact us.


 CEENGINE project summary

The main objective of CEENGINE project was to support the organic development of NRENs in Eastern Europe and their integration with pan-European NRENs (including GEANT). For this purpose we have proposed an ambitious work programme aiming at creating organisational, political and financial momentum for NRENs extension, interconnection, upgrade and integration. We have used many tools to assist us in this work – including basic research, workshops (Users, Policy, Technology) and helpdesk support to newly organizing consortia aiming at participation in pan-European research. We hoped that with decent organisational support, NRENs in our region would be able to join GEANT community (as the ultimate objective of CEENET) within few years after CEENGINE project finalization. CEENGINE had also to determine the future of the CEENET once most of its members become GEANT partners.

Now, at the end of the project, we can safely state that last three and a half years of CEENGINE project had strong impact on what’s happening in Eastern Europe , when it comes to NRENs. Below we’ll try to summarize the most important achievements: