In the past few years the traffic shifted by the GÉANT network has increased greatly, challenging the possibility of maintaining an affordable, high-performance, lossless network. R&E-based traffic growth in particular has outpaced Internet growth by a large margin, making it harder for GÉANT to rely on classic solutions tailored for internet service providers and making it necessary to look elsewhere for innovative solutions to address demand. At the same time the historical short to medium term infrastructure funding cycles have become ineffective in addressing cost challenges. A new, longer term infrastructure strategy is needed if GÉANT is to keep providing its value to the European research community.
This session will provide an overview of the plans for the future of the GÉANT Network with emphasis on the network topology design process.