Advanced Computing & Networking

We focus on exploring advanced computing paradigms to accelerate scientific discoveries, together with the SURF community. At the intersection of infrastructure, technology and applications, we strive for thought leadership, expertise and knowledge.

Man die chip vasthoudt

Network Innovation

Network technology is developing rapidly. We want SURF's network to remain state-of-the-art, so we are closely monitoring global network developments in this project. We are looking at which new technologies we will include in our network when, and thus also working on the long-term strategy for our network.

Long-term strategy

The national SURF network is the foundation on which we offer our services. This network is constantly evolving due to technological developments, new possibilities and users' wishes. In this project, we determine the long-term strategy of our network. In doing so, we closely follow international developments and select new technologies and concepts that could be interesting for our network.

Monitoring global network developments

The SURF network is part of the worldwide internet, which means that our users also have access to services and colleagues outside the Netherlands. This means that developments in (research) networks in other countries are also important for our network, and that we partly depend on the choices made by suppliers in terms of network technology.

We therefore closely monitor network developments via:

  • mailing lists
  • blogs
  • conferences
  • scientific articles
  • contacts with sister organisations
  • IETF and IRTF
  • Open source networking projects

Potentially interesting cases we select to study more deeply. This is often combined with hands-on experience in our network lab. We publish the results via reports and blogs and discuss them during presentations. In doing so, we examine the possibilities of implementing new developments in our network in the short or longer term.

2STiC: increasing security, stability and transparency of the internet

From the Network R&D project, we participate in the 2STiC project. In it, a number of Dutch organisations work together. The aim is to develop, evaluate and experiment with mechanisms that increase the security, stability and transparency of the internet. In doing so, we aim to put the Dutch and European networking community in a leading role.

In addition to expertise, we provide a nationwide 100G testbed for the 2STiC project.

Who do we work with?

  • AMS-IX
  • NDIX
  • Nikhef
  • NLnet Labs
  • SIDN Labs
  • TNO
  • TU Delft
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Twente