Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poland, Research (RES)

Artur Binczewski
Insitute of Bioorganic Chemistry PAS
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center
Noskowskiego 12/14
61-704 Poznan
Phone: +48 61 858 20 00
Fax: +48 61 852 59 54
E-Mail: artur@man.poznan.pl

Description and expertise of the organisation:
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) is one of the leading research centers in Poland.
PSNC was established in 1993 and today is in charge of the countrywide network (over 5300 km of fibers), one of the most advanced optical research networks in the world, called Polish Optical Internet (PIONIER). An active participation in the development of high-speed, fiber-based research and education networks has given PSNC an opportunity to be a key member of pan-European GÉANT network connecting 34 countries through 30 national research and education networks (NRENs). Today, PIONIER is highly regarded NREN, one of few in Europe owning optical fibers.
PSNC is also an operator and owner of the fiber based metropolitan area network in Poznan called POZMAN. Since 1993 the network has been connecting the academic entities and services. It also connects public administration institutions, schools and hospitals as well as other entities demanding highly specialized services to the PIONIER network or global Internet resources. The POZMAN network consists of 220 km of own fibers and is based on 10 Gigabit Ethernet. PSNC actively supports regional towns and villages to connect with the broadband fiber nodes to the Internet. Moreover, PSNC takes an important role in the biggest scientific experiments, e.g. Worldwide LHC Computing Grid and EGEE/EGI, offering an access to large scale computing, data management and archiving services as well as innovative applications and remote scientific instrumentation facilities for radio- telescopes, spectrometers or microscopes. PSNC has several active R&D groups working on a variety of ICT aspects including: advanced networking technologies, optical networks, various tools for network management, QoS management, advanced grid applications, grid middleware, portals, digital media services, mobile user support technologies and digital libraries. PSNC has also an experience with Video on Demand applications and delivers the interactive television (iTVP) and scalable high-quality media content streaming data to the large number of users worldwide. Over many years PSNC experts successfully demonstrated their competence and professional skills by leading and contributing to many international R&D and infrastructure projects founded by European Commission. An important part of the PSNC activity is design and deployment of the new services for the society. Thanks to an advanced networking and computing infrastructure PSNC can take up new challenges and realize services based on novel technologies.

Up to now PSNC has taken part in 50 European projects co-financed by European Commission within the FP5, FP6 and FP7 in a short time period of 8 years. Five of them were successfully coordinated by PSNC: PHOSPHORUS - Lambda User Controlled Infrastructure For European Research (http://www.ist-phosphorus.eu/), Porta Optica Study - Distributed Optical Gateway to Eastern Europe (http://www.porta-optica.org/), GridLab (http://www.gridlab.org/), RINGGrid (http://www.ringrid.eu/ )and DORII (http://www.dorii.eu/).

PSNC researchers have made a significant input to the several international networking projects. For example in the PHOSPHORUS project enhancement to the GMPLS was made in order to deliver advanced network services across heterogeneous high speed optical network infrastructures. The work is continued in the GEYSERS project (http://www.geysers.eu/) where a new set of services for optical network providers will be implemented. Within the framework of the GÉANT project PSNC actively participates in the development of advanced network tools like perfSONAR, AutoBAHN and cNIS. PSNC was a key player in the European project – 6NET, where it has successfully deployed and tested the IPv6 protocol in a production network.
In other fields many interesting applications such as natural language processing, computer tomography, thermonuclear reactions, have been created under other projects like CrossGrid, EGEE, BaltiGrid, Euforia, or int.eu.grid. PSNC is well recognized at the international arena, co-operating with partners from Poland, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.

Research interests / Project ideas
Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center is an active organization in development of novel networking technologies and has experience in deployment of those technologies in a country wide optical network PIONIER as well as on the international scale. In the field of photonic applications for the next generation access networks PSNC could contribute to the design, development and implementation of management system which is necessary for the efficient management of the optical connections to the end users. Such activity may include network protocol enhancements as well as development of advanced software applications responsible for efficient management of novel optical infrastructures and ensuring proper Quality of Service level.
PSNC has highly skilled team, necessary experience and resources to participate in all phases of network software development starting from the design phase through implementation, validation and testing to the deployment of the final release in the real networking environment.
Moreover, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center can deploy novel technologies for the next generation access networks in the Academic Metropolitan Area Network in Poznan (POZMAN) which consists of more than 230 km of fibers connecting more than 100 research buildings, campuses and public institutions with the backbone based on the 10 Gigabit Ethernet transport system. It will allow extensive testing of technologies in the real networking environment.

lightpaths, control plane, management, software, project management,access networks, core networks