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GNA Reference Documents v1.0 – January 2017

The GNA Technical Working Group produced six documents that together are the Global Network Architecture Reference v1.0. These documents were published in January 2017:

The files above are in “PDF/Universal Accessibility” (PDF/UA) format, and hence are available to those equipped with appropriate software. The conformance with PDF/UA ensures accessibility for people with disabilities who use assistive technology such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, joysticks and other technologies to navigate and read electronic content.

Please also note that the above six documents replace the older version numbered lower than v1.0 or with version number v1.0-technical.


White Papers

The GNA Technical WG also maintains an archive of GNA White Papers that are published by their respective authors, and are relevant to the GNA and define possible future work:


Participation Guidelines

The GNA Technical WG is an open group; the GNA Tech WG Participation Guidelines define how to participate.


Animation of a GNA Compliant Network Infrastructure for R & E – Artist’s Impression

While the process of making an inventory of GNA Compliant Network Infrastructure for R&E has started, an animation has been created that puts an artist’s impression time perspective to this work. Please note that this is draft and work in progress, and no rights can be derived from this. It is provided as is. Suggestions are welcome to the address of the GNA Technical WG co-chairs.


GNA Compliant Infrastructure

While the above artist’s impression of the GNA shows what could be achieved, work started at the end of 2016 to see which parts of the current (and shortly upcoming) R&E network infrastructure is compliant, by means of self-assessment  of the owner of the resource, with the GNA Reference Documents v1.0. At the Internet2 Global Summit in Washington, DC, in April 2017, the Phase I of the GNA Compliant Infrastructure was presented, and looks as follows:

  • The GNA v1.0 compliant GXPs (click on image to enlarge):

  • The GNA v1.0 compliant links (click on image to enlarge):

Check lists for self assessment against the GNA Reference Architecture v1.0 by resource owners are available here:

The GNA MaDDashes

KDDI / APAN-JP are maintaining a monitoring effort on the GNA Compliant infrastructure for Research and Education, in the form of a reachability matrix using MaDDashes:

Thanks to KDDI / APAN-JP for maintaining this.

Merger with GLIF

During the NORDUnet Conference 2018 in Helsingør, Denmark, in September 2018, the GNA Technical WG co-chairs and the GLIF co-chairs discussed a paper called “GNA Working Areas v1.1”, proposing the merger of the GNA Technical WG activities with the GLIF activities.


Below is a repository of past presentations about the Global Network Architecture:

APAN45 – Singapore – 27 March 2018

Co-located with APAN45, the GNA Technical WG had its first of four meetings in 2018. Four slides decks were used during this WG meeting that ran from 1:30pm until 5pm:

GÉANT Symposium 2017 – Budapest, Hungary – 3-4 October 2017

Erik-Jan Bos (NORDUnet) presented an update about the work on GNA at the GÉANT Symposium 2017 in Budapest, Hungary, on 3-4 October 2017, as part of the session called “GÉANT collaborations: inside and out” chaired by Cathrin Stöver (GÉANT). Slides:

APAN44 – Dalian, China – 26 August – 1 September 2017

René Buch (CEO, NORDUnet) gave a keynote presentation at the closing plenary session of APAN44, titled “Global Collaboration – The cornerstone of the Next Generation Global R&E Infrastructure”. This keynote premiered the new video on the vision of the Global Network Architecture, produced under auspices of the members of the Global R&E Network CEO Forum.

Internet2 Global Summit – Washington, DC, USA – 23-26 April 2017

At the 2017 Global Summit, a full session was dedicated to the developments of the Global Network Architecture. After a short introduction by Jim Williams, nine speakers jointly talked about their views on the GNA:

APAN 43 – New Delhi, India – 16 February 2017

NORDUnet Conference 2016 – 21 September 2016

APAN 42 – Hong Kong – 5 August 2016

15th GLIF Meeting Prague, CZ – 29 September 2015

TNC 2015 GNA Presentation – 17 June 2015

Internet2 Global Summit 2015 GNA Meeting – 29 April 2015