forskningsnettet

Research network connects hospital gene equipment to supercomputer

Rigshospitalet i København

The Center for Genomic Medicine at the national hospital Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark, performs genetic analyzes of samples taken from patients. The employees use sequencing machines to convert the samples to digital data, which they then analyze on Computerome.

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For suppliers

DeiC is a service provider to Danish research and education institutions. DeiC and the institutions purchase IT equipment and services through multiple agreements on several levels. For instance:

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Dynamic purchasing system for WAN connections

DeiC has established a dynamic purchasing system for wide area network services. A dynamic purchasing system is a flexible alternative to a framework agreement.

The tender of the dynamic purchasing system has two phases.

In the first phase, the system is established. This is the first opportunity for vendors to request to participate.

The second phase consists of mini-tenders. Vendors may request to participate during the lifetime of the purchasing system.

DeiC purchases three types of WAN connections:

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Dedicated line between supercomputers saves time for biomedical researchers

Researchers at the Aarhus University Institute for Biomedicine and Bioinformatics Research Centre (BiRC) use two computer systems: The GenomeDenmark cluster in the city of Aarhus and the national supercomputer Computerome at the Technical University of Denmark.

Computerome is run by DeiC (Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation), the Danish NREN (National Research and Education Network). The two computers are more than a hundred kilometers apart.

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DNSSEC

The original design of the DNS (Domain Name System) contained no security. The emphasis was on creating a scalable and distributed system. DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) tries to add security while maintaining compatibility with the existing standard.

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Time service

DeiC operates a time service based on the NTP standard (Network Time Protocol).

The current time may be fetched from ntp.forskningsnettet.dk, a Stratum-2 server.

Forskningsnettet also has access to a Stratum-1 server, that may be used for e.g. synchronizing local time servers.

Technical support

netdrift@deic.dk

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Domain Name Service

Institutions on forskningsnettet, the Danish national research and education network, may choose to use DeiC name services.

DeiC operates an authoritative name server and a secondary name server. It is also possible to use the forskningsnet name servers as secondary to a local name server - with or without DNSSEC.

DeiC also operates a number of DNS caches that users may query directly. They can also be used as backup for a local name server. Caches are situated at:

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Test your bandwidth with iperf

Iperf is a tool for testing the bandwidth of a network connection, and diagnosing problems with performance and quality.

Iperf is not meant for continuous monitoring of a network connection. However, iperf provides more detailed infomation than the bandwidth test found at Mit forskningsnet.

The DeiC iperf server may be found at the address iperf.deic.dk. The server is globally reachable. To access, please enter the command:

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Ericsson to deliver optical transmission equipment for Danish NREN

Five vendors competed for the contract to supply optical transmission equipment for forskningsnettet, the Danish National Research and Education Network (NREN) run by DeiC. Ericsson won together with its partner, ECI Telecom.

The new equipment is set to replace Alcatel equipment which has been operating since 2008. The new equipment allows for data rates at 100 Gbit/s. The existing gear may be configured with up to 40 channels per connections, whereas the new equipment allows for 88 channels.

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Tender for optical transmission equipment re-opened

The request for tender was originally issued in December, but too few vendors submitted requests to participate. Therefore, the process was stopped. It has now been restarted.

DeiC expects to spend between DKK 18 million and 30 million on optical transmission equipment for Forskningsnettet, the Danish National Research and Education Network.

The procurement process has three steps:

First, a number of potential vendors are selected. DeiC expects to select five vendors.

Next, the vendors submit their proposals. Finally, DeiC selects a vendor.

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