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Consortium of Universities "SDN in the scientific and educational environment"

In May 2013, the meeting on SDN-technologies took place at the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Moscow State University. It gathered more than 40 experts from leading universities and scientific centers of Russia, who have decided to create a Consortium of Universities on SDN-technologies in the scientific and educational environment.

The Consortium focuses on improving efficiency and achieving significant results in the field of modern computer networks, and especially in software-configurable networking.

The Consortium currently has 15 members:
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU)
  • ITMO National Research University
  • Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • National Research University – Higher School of Economics
  • Orenburg State University
  • Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU)
  • Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University
  • Applied Research Center for Computer Networks
  • Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems
  • Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod
  • Yaroslavl State University
  • National Research University of Electronic Technology (Moscow)
  • Moscow Technical University (MIREA)
  • Federal State Autonomous Institution  «Informika»
  • Southern Federal University

«The main idea of the Consortium is to create special teams of researchers from different universities of Russia», - explained in 2013 professor of Moscow State University and CEO of Applied Research Center for Computer Networks (ARCCN) Ruslan Smelyanskiy. – «In the world, the development of big and successful research projects is made possible due to cooperation of universities and research laboratories. In the USA, the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), consisted of 200 universities, enhances experimental research in computer networking and distributed systems, in order to accelerate the transition of this research into products and services that will improve the economic competitiveness of the United States. In Europe, an Integrating Project Fed4FIRE brings together universities in Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Australia, Spain, Greece, and Korea. In Japan, the AKARI Architecture Design Project focused on designing a new generation computer network architecture and was supported by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan».

According to the agreement of the Consortium, it will work in the following directions:

  • Dissemination of the experience of the world best research centers in the field of computer networks in the scientific and educational environment of the Russian Federation. Establishment, support and development of international scientific and technical relations between the leading world centers in the field of networking research;
  • Promotion of early application of innovative network technologies in scientific and educational environment of the Russian Federation;
  • Coordination and organization of interaction between higher education institutions and research laboratories in Russia on the use and development of SDN technologies in education, science and industry;
  • Coordination of the interaction of commercial companies and industrial enterprises with Russian universities for the development and implementation of SDN technologies in high-tech sectors of the economy;
  • Development of educational programs for training and re-training of personnel in the field of network technologies, including SDN;
  • Promotion of the centers of collective sharing in Russia, focused on the implementation of SDN technologies;
  • Formation of best practices exchange system, dissemination of the latest achievements in networking technologies, deployment of the research results in SDN network segments, SDN segments’ technical support;
  • Preparation of proposals for scientific, educational and technical target programs, including the programs of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation in the field of network technologies;
  • In collaboration with the Russian Academy of Sciences, promotion of fundamental and applied researches, requiring significant resource calculations, in the universities Russia;
  • Development of the system of Russian scientific conferences and youth scientific school on network technologies;
  • Promotion of work on the practical use of advanced network technologies to solve urgent problems of science, technology, industry and business.

The main achievements of the Consortium and plans for the nearest future:

  • In 2015-2016, the Consortium members have actively participated in various competitions of the Ministry of Education and Science and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), conducted more than 12 projects within the framework of the federal target program of the Ministry of Education and Science and Russian Foundation for Basic Research;
  • The Consortium members developed educational materials for undergraduate and graduate programs at the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Moscow State University;
  • The development of educational and methodical program to prepare SDN administrators;
  • ARCCN team has achieved positive results of Russian software laboratory tests to implement SDN and NFV for and telecom operator networks;
  • The Consortium discusses the possibility of creating a distributed test environment for the development of advanced carrier-class telecommunications services based on SDN and NFV technologies and the possibility to use such an environment for training of the technical specialists.

The next annual meeting of the Consortium is planned for October 2017 in St. Petersburg.