Over the years Intercontinental connectivity has been achieved using plain VLANS to operate links in systems like ANA (Advanced North Atlantic collaboration), AER (AsiaPacfic Europe Ring) and others. Using layer-2 VLANs proves to be operationally hard. Quite often the configuration of these services is a highly manual process involving many international parties.
In addition, due to the manual nature of these services redundancy, load-balancing and optimisation can be difficult to manage. Across the NREN community the need for automation both of initial configuration and on-going operation of these services is essential.
Goal of the workgroup:
The question is how can we advance this? For this it is proposed that a new GNA-G workgroup is created to investigate, test, experiment, and learn what could new technologies do and how could it advance our day-to-day operations. It is intended that this workgroup, which will be fully virtualised will commence in early 2023.
If you or your organisation is interested in taking part please visit: https://www.gna-g.net/join-working-group/gren-engineering-advancement/ and register your interest with the co-chairs.