Status and development tasks for integration of Belarusian research community to the EGEE

Uladzimir Anishchanka, BASNET, Belarus

In 1995 with the support of ISF, NORDUNET, Eurasia Foundation, NATO Scientific Committee and EC, the networking workshop was organised in Minsk to develop strategy for the R&D Computer Network development. In 1995 the R&D community of Belarus got a link to Internet via Beltelecom FO channels.

The computer network of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (BASNET) is one of the first networks created in the Republic of Belarus to exchange data between various research organisations and scientific groups. Since 1997 BASNET together with the Belarusian State University networks (BSUNet and NIKS) and the Ministry of Education network (UNIBEL) have formed the Unified Research and Informational Computer Network (URICON) of the Republic of Belarus. Until now BASNET is the most advanced and dynamically developing research computer network in the Republic of Belarus. BASNET provides various Internet services in all regional cities of Belarus - Brest, Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev, Vitebsk and the capital – Minsk. UNIBEL is administrated by the Main Informational Analytical Center of the Ministry of Education. Computer networks BSUNet and NIKS are administrated by the Belarusian State University.

Since May, 2007 BASNET is administrated by the United Institute of Informatics Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (UIIP NASB). The UIIP NASB is the leading Belarusian institution for carrying out fundamental and applied research in the fields of information technology, computer science, applied mathematics, computer aided design and some other attached fields in Belarus. The UIIP NASB staff is about 400 persons including 264 research workers: 17 scientists with a DSc degree and 69 with a PhD degree. The UIIP NASB is the Belarusian coordinator and principal executor of three Russian-Belarusian joint supercomputer programs: SKIF (Development and creation of supercomputer family SKIF, 2000-2004); TRIADA (Development of applications based on SKIF supercomputers, 2005-2008) and SKIF-Grid (Development of Grid technologies and new generation SKIF supercomputers, 2007-2010). The most important result of the SKIF program is the State Supercomputer Multi-Access Center with remote access to computing resources that was organised in the UIIP NASB. It includes the cluster of supercomputers SKIF K-500 (128 Intel Xeon, storage – 0,8 TB) and SKIF K-1000 (576 AMD Opteron, storage – 9,5 TB). LCG-site based on cluster SKIF K-500 was created and tested for the RGStest in 2005.

The UIIP NASB rents optics cable links from Beltelecom. The links are currently to Poland (155 Mbps to the GÉANT2 node in Poznan) and to the regional BASNET nodes (2 Mbps, Grodno, Brest, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Gomel), but the UIIP NASB has and works using its own equipment for BASNET.

Now to fulfill the main aims of the BalticGrid-II project as the EGEE segment (# 223807 of FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2007-2 Call) the UIIP NASB plans to achieve in 2-3 years 1-10 Gbps to GÉANT2 and 1-2 Gbps to regional nodes according to the national SKIF-Grid program and based on the Porta Optica Study’s project results. At the end of the last year the first tender to buy equipment was organised for BASNET’s modernisation to provide no less than 10 Gbps in all these directions.

The first equipment delivery contract was executed at the beginning of December last year and the modernisation of the interaction node of the BASNET network with external networks to enable traffic management up to 10 Gbps will be completed by the middle of 2008.