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06 - eduroam in Poland – implementation of regional infrastructure – project report

Tomasz Wolniewicz, Maja Górecka-Wolniewicz (Nicolaus Copernicus University Toruń), Zbigniew Ołtuszyk (PSNC)

Why is eduroam in Poland special?
• regional infrastructure
• distributed expertise
• coordinated effort for a large scale POP build

Consortium PIONIER
• 22 regional academic networks covering all main academic locations in Poland
• over 6000 km of PIONIER fiber backbone operated by Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre (PSNC)
• at least 20 Gb/s in backbone and at least 10Gb/s in regional networks
• common R&D projects

PLATON
• one of several PIONIER joint initiatives
• five important services:
o HD videoconferencing
o eduroam
o cloud services
o global storage
o interactive TV
• budget of ~20 mln EURO

eduroam in PLATON - goals
• extend the pilot eduroam infrastructure
• build solid organisational backbone and local expertise
• provide regional level support
• create points of presence in main academic locations

eduroam in PLATON – organisational structure
• central coordination – Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun and PSNC
• regional representation – all PIONIER partners act as regional operators and provide eduroam as a service to their client institutions

eduroam in PLATON – technical structure
• central proxy servers
• regional proxy servers
• all servers on radsecproxy
• all connections on RADIUS over TLS
• central monitoring
• F-ticks statistics gathered by the service coordinator

Advantages of the regional eduroam structure for Poland
• eduroam is coupled with existing service agreements between PIONIER consortium members and their client institutions and existing trust relationships
• local technical support closer to institution
• shorter static authentication paths for regional roaming
• possibility to add regional servers to the eduroam dynamic path discovery – removing country servers as points of failure
• possibility to use IPv6 for most of the authentication paths

eduroam in PLATON – main achievements
• 2 country-level proxy servers and 22 regional level servers (supplemented by 22 backup servers provided by regional operators)
• 21 eduroam POP – systems of 50 access points spread over most important locations in regions
• 22 eduroam expert teams
• efficient system for gathering eduroam location information

NREN – local authorities eduroam cooperation – case study
• Poznań local initiative
• eduroam SSID added to municipal hotspots
• eduroam available in interesting tourist locations
• eduroam in a deep forest location

eduroam in Poland – main numbers
• 53 institutions and 16 more in preparation
• 43 towns
• over 500 locations (individual buildings or entire campuses)
• over 800 000 users authorized to use eduroam

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