|Grid Network Team|
The Director of the E-Science Core Programme has established a Grid Network Team (GNT)
to advise the directorate and its Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on matters related to
computer networking. The GNT's terms of reference are specified in a
separate document, but include formal interactions with the TAG for assessment of the
networking aspects of project proposals submitted within the programme, liaison with
the e-science centres (National, Regional and Grid-support) and activities related to
network monitoring in an e-science/grid context.
E-Science centre visitsThe GNT has started a programme of visits to the e-science centres and this will continue over the coming weeks. Two or three GNT members will visit each centre to introduce the GNT and discuss any immediate networking issues that the centre has identified. We hope to find out about the projects being supported by the centres and introduce the questionnaire which will be used to assess their network requirements.
Applications questionnaireA questionnaire has been drafted to help the GNT to assess the network requirements of e-Science projects. This will be used as a framework for discussions between GNT members and project representatives during which we will seek to understand the project's application architecture, identify the most significant and demanding traffic-flows and exmine scalability issues.
Contacting the GNTThe GNT is developing relationships with the other centres within the programme, and the Grid support centre in particular. For the time being, please send any questions you may have to the chair and vice chair, copied to the secretary.