Baltic Ring Study

In 2009, the Nordic Council of Ministers asked a group of e-Science and e-Infrastructure specialists, under NORDUnet leadership, to produce a feasibility study on knowledge infrastructures in the Baltic Sea area. Among the conclusions in the final report was a recommendation to create a joint network infrastructure in the area – a Baltic Sea network ring.

Such a Baltic Sea ring will interconnect the e-Science communities in the region, strengthen collaboration and the role of the region in European collaboration. As described in the report, the ring is envisioned as a federated network – a network created from resources contributed by, and owned and operated by, the national research and education networks (NRENs) of the countries in the region.

As a follow-up action to this recommendation, the Nordic Council of Ministers has decided to fund a design study. The study is tasked with investigating available resources, delivering a design blueprint, and describing organizational and operational models for such a federated optical network in the Baltic Sea area.

The project is expected to interact with the NRENs around the Baltic Sea and gather initial ideas, propositions and suggestions for the resources that support the blueprinting. Practically, the work requires a comprehensive survey.

The core of the project is to investigate and explore the means to make the federated model work on an international level.

There are few known examples of similar resource sharing. One of the known examples is GLORIAD. The GLORIAD consortium has succeeded in building up a global ring for scientific applications.