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Performing Arts - GÉANT and perfSONAR MDM

Demonstrating worldwide research collaboration via incredible arts and culture collaborations across continents

    
Ensuring high speed network connectivity through globally interoperable multi-domain monitoring software, across multiple networks

Global collaboration is at the heart of research and education, relying on multiple networks to link students and academics together.  Ensuring consistent performance and tracking down potential issues in such a complicated multi-domain infrastructure can be difficult.

Consequently networking organisations in Europe, North America and Brazil, including the GÉANT project, have come together to create perfSONAR, a protocol, architecture and set of tools to meet this challenge. Essentially perfSONAR works by creating standardised measurement data across all networks involved, making it simple for engineers to access consistent information and identify problems, no matter where in the overall network they are.
  
High profile dance event
A recent high profile international dance event at the 2011 TERENA Network Performing Arts Production Workshop demonstrated the power of perfSONAR MDM, the GÉANT perfSONAR service. It featured a simultaneous performance between dancers in Brasilia and Barcelona performing together. Video cameras captured the dancers with the images and sound then transmitted across research networks and back projected in real time at the other location, allowing the dancers to interact on a virtual stage, as if they were all in the same place.

perfSONAR MDM was used by the five research networks involved to test the route, monitor for potential problems and solve any issues before the performance began, leading to a successful international real time performance.
   
The Challenge
In today’s data-driven world, global researchers rely on multiple networks to connect, collaborate and share information. Ensuring consistent performance and tracking down potential issues in this multi-domain infrastructure can be difficult.
  
The Solution
Research networking organisations across the globe have collaborated to develop perfSONAR, a protocol, architecture and set of tools to address the challenge of monitoring network performance in a multi-domain environment.
  
Key Benefits
perfSONAR creates standardised measurement data across all networks, making it simple to identify problems. The power of perfSONAR for monitoring was demonstrated when it underpinned a recent successful simultaneous performance featuring dancers in Brasilia and Barcelona performing together in real time.

 Read the full case study
  
Partners in the perfSONAR MDM monitoring for the TERENA dance performance:

perfSONAR MDM: http://www.perfsonar.net/
CESCA : http://www.cesca.cat/en/
GÉANT: www.geant.net
RedCLARA : http://www.redclara.net/
RedIRIS : http://www.rediris.es/
RNP: http://www.rnp.br/

   
  

 

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