ERCIM News No.35 - October 1998

ERCIM will be Alpha Test User of Managed Bandwidth Services in TEN-155

by Siegfried Dickhoven

DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe Limited), the international network service provider for the European research networks has accepted ERCIM as alpha test user of managed bandwidth services in its new TEN-155 backbone. So far, five ERCIM members (CLRC-RAL, CNR-CNUCE, CWI, GMD and INRIA) are already planning to cooperate in this joint project, other members might follow.

During Dante’s Quantum project (October 1998 - December 1999) ERCIM-Labs and their research partners will get direct access to Dante’s
TEN-155 Network for experiments and testing of managed bandwith services. This ERCIM project will be coordinated by the networking Directors of the participating ERCIM labs and administrated by ERCIM. The participation in the experimentation is open to partners from outside ERCIM, depending on their networking capabilities.

The Service to be provided by ERCIM includes:

Following persons so far have been nominated for the coordination in the ERCIM labs:

Each participating partner has to solve the problem of national access to TEN-155. DFN (Deutsches Forschungsnetz) in Germany has agreed to provide Permanent Virtual Channels to DANTE’s access point in Frankfurt/Main. The situation in France, Italy, the Netherlands and UK is under investigation.

As a first step, research projects with user potential for managed bandwidth services will be identified among the initiatives with more than one ERCIM lab involved.
ERCIM and the project coordinators strongly encourage the research teams of its members to participate in this experimentations. Interested teams should contact Marie-Christine Imbert ( GMD provides a mail-group for information exchange with the address Please contact Siegfried Dickhoven or Paul Mies of GMD ( or for access.

Please contact:

Marie-Christine Imbert - INRIA
Tel: +33 1 3963 5201

Christopher Cooper - CLRC
Tel: +44 1235 446211

Siegfried Dickhoven - GMD
Tel: +49 2241 14 2021

Frank Kuiper - CWI
Tel: +31 20 5924121

Guy Sergeant - INRIA
Tel: +33 92 38 7888

Marco Sommani - CNR-IAT
Tel: +39 050 593313

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