Europe’s largest computer-based research and education network G?ANT links 30 million researchers in over 3500 universities and research centres as well as 34 national research networks. The pan-European network will now expand to a global scale
as it is connected with its equivalents in other regions of the world. The European Commission’s current contribution to G?ANT amounts to €93 million over 58 months. Now the Commission has announced that up to 2012, further €90 million will be invested in the upgraded global network. The project is co-financed by the participating countries.
As we previously reported in the ACA Newsletter - Education Europe
February 2008, the European Commission recently announced €12 million of funding for TEIN3, a large-scale Asia-Pacific network. GÉANT will now be linked with the regional research networks in the Balkans, Black Sea, Caucasus and Mediterranean regions as well as Latin America and Southern Africa
. In Europe, the high-speed private network connection has enabled ground-breaking research collaboration such as EXPReS, an EU radio astronomy project. This links the world's largest radio telescopes in China, Europe, South Africa and Chile to a supercomputer in the Netherlands which produces real-time imaging.
The GÉANT network is a unique opportunity for Europe to become a leader in global research collaboration and creative application of modern information technology.