SURFnet and the South-Korean organisation KISTI officially have signed an agreement for collaboration in the area of high-performance networking. Both organisations will share their knowledge and infrastructure in order to further improve the existing networks for research.
KISTI will use the network capacity that now exists between Chicago and Geneva and will receive easy access to the data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. KISTI will receive part of the bandwidth so researchers in Seoul for example will be able to use this.
Different stakeholders across the world are already collaborating by making use of each other's network. In a different collaboration agreement, the Scandinavian NORDUnet is working together with SURFnet. The Netherlands also shares data with the Polish PSNC. The final aim in tying these networks together is to enable user-friendly transport of data for scientists across the world.
Alexander van den Hil, product manager at SURFnet, stated: "Particularly the collaboration with South-Africa will be crucial. Once the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the large telescope complex in South-Africa and Australia, will be operational, enormous amounts of data will be received and used by scientists all over the world."