Postgraduate student posters are highlighted at TNC2012


Postgraduate students met leading figures from TERENA, Cisco and the Internet Society at the 2012 TERENA Networking Conference (TNC2012) on Tuesday 22 May. Cisco provided sponsorship for student participation for the fourth consecutive year, with the Internet Society joining as a co-sponsor for the first time. This allowed selected European students from all fields related to research networking to attend the conference free of charge, giving them access to experts from across Europe who have gathered at TNC2012 in Reykjavik, Iceland. All posters were displayed this week at TNC2012 and can be viewed online.

TERENA’s Vice-President Conferences, Miroslav Milinović, warmly welcomed the students and encouraged them to meet as many people as possible at the conference, not only to expand their network of contacts, but more importantly, to share and promote their ideas.

Some of the poster topics covered by the students include ‘Defining Inter-Cloud Architecture Framework for Interoperability and Federation’, ‘Advanced High-Performance Computing Services for networked regional Virtual Research Communities’, and 'European e-Infrastructures Observatory’. The latter summarises how a comprehensive monitoring and dissemination framework would allow stakeholders to keep track of developments in e-infrastructures for Europe and beyond.

Klaas Wierenga, Cisco’s representative in TERENA, explains why the company is supporting this opportunity for the fourth year: "One of Cisco’s objectives is to stimulate the development of networking. We choose to sponsor students' TNC2012 participation because we see students as an ideal source of fresh ideas that will ultimately benefit research and education." He continues, "Our sponsorship is really an investment in our collective future in research networking in supporting fresh ideas being brought forward and being showcased."

Karen O'Donoghue of Internet Society also welcomed the students to TNC, stating: "the Internet Society looks for opportunities to support the development of the next generation of Internet leaders and innovators. We think the TNC is an excellent venue to give students the chance to showcase their own innovative ideas, while meeting the movers and shakers of today's Internet."

The students travelled from various parts of Europe to attend TNC2012, including Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, and Poland. Their studies include disciplines such as network communications, system network engineering, telecommunications and electronics engineering.

Further information

A full list of all posters presented at the conference, including those of the nine students and other TNC2012 participants is available on https://tnc2012.terena.org/core/poster/list.