Title of the presentation
ICT Infrastructure for Research: a SURFnet perspective  
Kees Neggers  
Modern research is increasingly a global effort, based on international cooperation and resource sharing. Instruments, computing facilities and storage are becoming generic resources, which can be combined through advanced networks to provide services to an increasingly diverse research community. The exchange, combination and integration of data and information has become possible as computer and storage facilities have been connected via very fast and high bandwidth networks. The resulting distributed computer systems are developing into a single ICT research infrastructure, consisting of hardware (network, computers and data storage facilities) and software (web and grid middleware) harnessing the resources. By enriching this infrastructure with adequate tools, which provide services for e-Science, a generic instrumentation for modern research emerges which is far more effective than anything the individual research disciplines could develop themselves. The availability of cutting-edge high performance networks is an indispensable part of the modern ICT Infrastructure as it connects distributed scientists, instruments, computing and storage facilities. These networks are no longer distinct from the rest of the ICT infrastructure: resources within the network and within the rest of the infrastructure will have to be controlled through an integrated middleware layer, to ensure an optimal allocation of resources. A research network infrastructure is not a big monolithic facility, centrally designed, built and operated, but is a system of interconnected entities characterised by organic growth, each at their own pace, where innovation takes place at several places more or less autonomously and then propagates via best practises to the rest of the system.  
Kees Neggers is one of the founders of SURFnet in the Netherlands and has been one of its Managing Directors since 1988. He received an Electrical Engineering degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 1972. Neggers started his carrier as a staff member of an advisory committee on computing infrastructure to the Dutch Minister of Science and Education. He worked at the Computing Centre of the University of Groningen from 1975 – 1984. In 1984, Kees became one of the managing directors of the University Computing Centre in Nijmegen, where his networking carrier started. Nijmegen became the Dutch national node in EARN and was one of the drivers towards a national research network in the Netherlands. From there on, Neggers became heavily involved in international research networking. He was among the founders of RARE, ISOC and the RIPE NCC, and served for many years on the Boards of these organizations. During these terms he was involved in many initiatives, notably COSINE, CCIRN, Ebone, DANTE, Amsterdam Internet Exchange, the merger of RARE and EARN into TERENA and more recently GLIF, the Global Lambda Integrated Facility