Islamabad: HEC’s advanced network for researchers fully operational

SHR Jahfery

The advanced Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), launched by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) that is connected to global Research and Education Networks (RENs) including the Internet2 of USA, Asia-Pacific Advanced Network of continents of Asia and Australia, and GEANT2 network of National RENs of European countries, is fully operational for use by researchers, academicians and students who may initiate activities and projects with international collaborations.

HEC spokesperson in a statement here Saturday said that this link is a result of joint efforts of the HEC and the National Science Foundation of USA who equally co-funded a dedicated link from PERN to Internet2. PERN now has a total R&E link capacity of 155 Mbps and it is now leading in South Asia being three times bigger than the linking capacity of India’s Education & Research Network (ERNet) which is connected to global R&E network over a 45 Mbps link.

He said that through this connectivity, academicians and researchers would be directly connected to other peer RENs, resulting in lesser delays and low latency with add on features of security and high performance for the specialized and time sensitive activities, like simulations on distributed resources, telemedicine and video conferencing, remote instrumentations, etc. Moreover, universities and institutes now have access to the large contents and research resources available with the constituent academic and research institutions in RENs in advanced countries. These include free online educational multimedia-on-demand, online library resources, access to supercomputing and grid nodes, collaborative tools, digital heritage, test bed for the future internet design, advanced network services’ test bed for IPv6, multicast implementation, layer 2 virtual private networks (VPNs) etc. He maintained that the purpose of this network connection is to support Pakistan’s science and technology collaborations with technologically advanced countries.

The network connections will greatly assist the scientific collaborations being defined between the developed countries and Pakistan by allowing more direct, high-speed access and communication among S&T investigators and worldwide S&T resources. As an example this allows High-speed access to the Bio-Mirror and other genomics based archive data hosted by Indiana University which is critical for genome research will be facilitated by this high-performance connection.

Source: Pakistan Observer, 2/11/2008

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