GÉANT/GN4SURFnet is an active participant in the European GÉANT research network. The GN4 development project aims to ensure high-quality network services and user facilities as part of GÉANT. SURFnet is helping to manage the mobile and cloud aspects of the project.
Dutch education and research institutions benefit from the ICT facilities provided by SURFnet. However, education and research do not stop at national borders: international cooperation is increasing, meaning that high-quality ICT facilities are also needed at international level.
GÉANT contains 41 National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) that facilitate cooperation within Europe by means of a high-quality European research and education network. These network connections are among the most advanced in the world, and are also linked to 65 countries outside of Europe.
Contribution to European e-infrastructure
Through its work, GÉANT reaches 10,000 organisations and 50 million users in Europe, making a significant contribution to European e-infrastructure, the competitive position of Europe and the achievement of the European targets under the Digital Agenda and Horizon 2020.
GN4 is the project that succeeds the GN3plus project. GN4 runs from May 2015 up to and including 2020. Within the context of this project, high-quality ICT services are being developed for European research and education institutions that use the GÉANT network. One example is eduGAIN, which interconnects Europe's various national identity-management federations. This enables users to log in securely to services hosted abroad, using their own institutional login account.
The role of SURFnet
SURFnet takes part in several innovative projects within GÉANT and has a directive role in the area of Trust & Identity and Cloud services.
GÉANT and GN4 receive funding from Horizon 2020.