TNC24: 10-14 June 2024 | Rennes, France

TNC24: Rennes, France | 10-14 June 2024

The
Community
Hub

At TNC23 we tested the idea of a Community Hub. It was a great success, and for TNC24 we’ve listened to your feedback and ideas and made it bigger and better!

The Hub is an informal space, where participants can learn more about community-led initiatives, find and exchange ideas, solutions or assistance within the community, and at the same time be connected with global peers. It aims at facilitating connections and innovation by offering the necessary ingredients for strategic encounters, new and inspirational collaborations, and the exchange of knowledge, with just one rule: all sessions are open to everyone.

This collaborative space has its own dedicated space, located in the corner of the Exhibition Floor 2 of TNC24’s main venue, Le Couvent Des Jacobins. This year, the Hub is part of the conference programme and it includes:

Demonstrations

during the breaks, researchers and developers will demo their innovations in a dedicated corner of the Hub.

Round Tables

these will host walk-in sessions, such as “SIGs Marketplace”, where you can learn about ongoing activities and initiatives in the community.

Opportunity corner

a bulletin board where you can leave a project brochure, a flyer promoting a service, or a post-it note with an idea or a question. You’ll just need one copy as we encourage participants to take photos instead. 

See below the schedule of the Community Hub sessions.

Community Hub 1

09.00 - 10.30 | Community Hub

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Presentations

Sunet Drive and RDS (09:00 - 09:30)

A collaboration between Sunet and WWU Münster (and support from Newcastle University). The whole demonstration would extend the workflow of the berrycell: https://www.berrycells.com/how-to-make-a-berry-cell, with the last step being replaced by the publication of the data via Sunet Drive and RDS to Zenodo or OSF.

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Future Talent Meet and Greet (09:00 - 10:00)

Come and meet this year's Future Talent attendees and learn more about what brought them to TNC24.

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TNC101: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF TNC24 (10:00 - 10:30)

Come and find out how to make the best of your first visit to TNC from experienced TNC attendees. Learn how the programme works, where to network and how to get the most of out of the social events.

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Community Hub 2

10.30 - 11.00 | Community Hub

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Network Data Catalog Data-X from Brazilian National Infrastructure

This demo aims to present the Network Data Catalog/DataX, a system that: (1) offers to researchers in Brazil, RNP's networking data description at a higher semantic level, facilitating the search for the correct type of data; and (2) integration with the DataX engine, which is a tool that allows RNP to apply access policies, data transformations and dataset transfer.



Community Hub 3

12.30 - 14.00 | Community Hub

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Deploying the GREN Map (12:45 - 13:15)

You’ve heard about it, now it’s time to deploy the GREN Map! The GREN Map is designed to be a dynamic and real-time visualization of the full reach of the Global Research and Education Network. The Map is perpetually up to date without requiring onerous data.

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SIG Marketplace (12:45 - 13:45)

Come find out how you can join the GÉANT Community and meet representatives from our Special Interest Groups: Network Operations Centres (NOC), Next Generation Networks (NGN), Cloud Interoperable Software Stacks (CISS), Time and Frequency Networks (TFN). The Network Performing Arts Production Workshop (NPAPW) will also be represented.

Realistic traffic simulation with high-precision timestamp-based replay (13:15 - 13:45)

Testing of network devices is mostly based on quite unrealistic synthetic network traffic. For devices such as monitoring probes, however, this unrealistic traffic mix does not reflect the nature and dynamic behaviour of real networks, like the distribution of short and long flows, various protocols and services. Therefore, the CESNET research team has designed a method for anonymised profiling of real high-speed (backbone) networks that preserves key traffic characteristics. Based on these profiles, the method generates realistic test traffic and replays it repeatedly in a testbed. Using a commodity 100 Gbps FPGA NIC, we show how we achieve high-speed and highly accurate replay of the generated traffic, with transmission driven by timestamps directly at the firmware level and with accuracy in the low nanosecond range. Our solution can also be used for precise replay of a regular PCAP file.

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Community Hub 4

14.00 - 15.30 | Community Hub

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Discovering GEM: The Beginnings of the GÉANT Mentoring Programme

The GEM Programme aims to attract and retain talented women in our community, providing career development and networking opportunities. We invite female mentees and mentors of all genders to participate in GEM discovery! Come to find out more about the programme, and registration, and take a quick tour around the Mentoring Platform!

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URAN: connections that makes us strong (14:00 - 14:30)

In this session we will present a collection of images that tells a story of URAN since February 2022- it is a story of strength, resilience and humanity. Telling a story and listening to a story is a way of building connections. Our strength as a community is in our connections. Although our Ukrainian colleagues cannot be here in -person please join us to ask questions, to send a message of support and learn about Ukrainian people and their culture.

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EaPConnect Meet & Greet (14:30 - 15:30)

The EaP NRENs have been the beneficiaries of the project for almost 10 years and have been the members of the GEANT community even longer. The EaPConnect project has made a bid difference for the EaP NRENs in terms of infrastructure and services to the R&E communities in the region.

Do you feel up to a test of your knowledge of GEANT community? Do you know what does “EaP” stand for? What groups of NRENs are referred to as “EaP NRENS”? You are invited to come and meet the EaP NRENs to get to know them better and make our community connections even stronger”.

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Community Hub 5

15.30 - 16.00 | Community Hub

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Network management with Workflow Orchestrator

SURF, ESnet and GÉANT will give you a demo of Workflow Orchestrator to show how to orchestrate your multi-vendor network using opensource software from our community.
The demo will deploy a simple, virtualized network topology composed by different devices from multiple vendors. To do this, we will rely on Workflow Orchestrator, LSO, Ansible and Containerlab. You will be able to download it at run it yourself! Come for the show, stay for some chats!

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Pan European Exchange on Public Procurement

This meeting at the TNC24 Community Hub provides the opportunity for NRENs and other contracting authorities in the R&E community, to share knowledge and experiences on public procurement. Objectives are to gain understanding and to collect information on procurement related topics together while discussing (new) legislation, techniques, and developments. We also hope to discuss how we can structure and work towards procurement community with the wider NREN community.

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Community Hub 6

16.00 - 17.30 | Community Hub

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SPLOTs - small open source tech for higher ed – community wanted (16:00 - 17:00)

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are widespread in HE, serving mainly as administrative tools for tasks like distributing lecture slides and giving feedback. While students appreciate LMS for administrative purposes, their satisfaction declines with interactive and collaborative activities, and when engaging in more innovative tasks. The use of LMS has become a default, with alternative approaches often overlooked due to perceived workload and skill requirements. Educational research, however, suggests a shift towards selecting digital learning environments based on course objectives and audience, and integrating tools that support social constructivist pedagogies and are valued by both students and teachers. SPLOTs, simple privacy-conscious tools developed to align with learning objectives and open education principles (www.splot.tools), are highlighted as effective alternatives. These tools have been successfully implemented in institutions like the University of Edinburgh, University of Copenhagen and Karlstad University. SPLOTs facilitate content creation that is structured, engaging, and contributes to a larger learning ecosystem. This approach not only enhances individual and collective learning experiences but also fosters community building and creative expression as they make use of open source software like WordPress. The upcoming session aims to immerse participants in using SPLOTs, showcasing their simplicity and potential to transform educational practices while inviting to build a European community of practitioners.

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GÉANT Compendium (16:00 - 17:00)

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Community Hub 7

09.00 - 10.30 | Community Hub

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An Introduction to the GEANT SOC Team (09:00 - 10:00)

The GEANT SOC team is at the forefront of safeguarding the NREN digital frontier. Specializing in proactive threat mitigation and incident response, the SOC team provides invaluable security services to ensure the integrity and availability of NREN's network infrastructure. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies, the team offers Firewall on Demand solutions, allowing for dynamic and adaptive protection against evolving cyber threats. Additionally, their arsenal includes Nemo, a powerful DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) tool offered as a service, enabling swift detection and mitigation of DDoS attacks to keep NREN's network resilient and operational. With their expertise and innovative tools, the GEANT SOC team stands as a steadfast guardian of NREN's digital landscape, ensuring the uninterrupted flow of information for research and education endeavors.

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EU Liaison/Public Affairs clinic (09:00 - 10:00)

Do you have a question on how the EU operates and what is on the agenda for 2024-2025? A question about how to access EU funding? Question about specific legislations (e.g.: NIS2 or the Data Act) or policies (e.g.: Digital Decade, European Research Area)? Or how you or your organization can influence EU level policy-making? This is your moment! Come and meet Edit Herczog and the GÉANT EU Liaison team to ask your questions.

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Network management with Workflow Orchestrator (10:00 - 10:30)

SURF, ESnet and GÉANT will give you a demo of Workflow Orchestrator to show how to orchestrate your multi-vendor network using opensource software from our community.
The demo will deploy a simple, virtualized network topology composed by different devices from multiple vendors. To do this, we will rely on Workflow Orchestrator, LSO, Ansible and Containerlab. You will be able to download it at run it yourself! Come for the show, stay for some chats!

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Browsers in R&E: A Casual Convo on the impact of Big Tech (10:00 - 11:00)

Join Heather Flanagan for an "ask me anything" opportunity where we can dive into the world of browsers and their role in federated architecture and educational delivery services. This is your chance to explore how browser advancements influence learning environments, data privacy, and the seamless integration of federated networks. No presentations—just you, me, and a conversation about making the digital age work for us in academia and beyond.

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Community Hub 8

10.30 - 11.00 | Community Hub

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Browsers in R&E: A Casual Convo on the impact of Big Tech (10:00 - 11:00)

Join Heather Flanagan for an "ask me anything" opportunity where we can dive into the world of browsers and their role in federated architecture and educational delivery services. This is your chance to explore how browser advancements influence learning environments, data privacy, and the seamless integration of federated networks. No presentations—just you, me, and a conversation about making the digital age work for us in academia and beyond.

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eduID.se - IdP lowering the bar for secure authentication

We made eduID.se as an IdP for students and faculty in Sweden, but it is being used by users from all over - especially for services requiring higher levels of assurance. eduID.se features in house Fido2/WebAuthn multi factor, national ID- and passport self-service identity verification, accessibility approved interface, etc. Perhaps the need for an IdP-offering (of first/last resort?) is greater than NREN:s have calculated. In hopes of lowering the bar for starting to offer this we showcase our open source IdP.

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Community Hub 9

11.00 - 12.30 | Community Hub

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Connecting arts: network and advanced technology to bring art communities together

Are you a musician, performer, educator, technology professional, who is interested in using network and technology to make art? Then join us for a demo session of how GEANT and the European NRENs are transforming the world of performing arts. You will listen to music from Yellowstone Geysers, learn how to do a jam session across the network. You will also have a first glimpse into NPAPW24, the Network Art Production Workshop (NPAPW) that will be hosted in Vilnius, Lithuania, from Sept. 11-13, 2024, at the Lithuanian Academy for Music and Theatre. This annual international gathering explores the use of advanced networking and interactive media in arts education and performance and brings together people and ideas – come, learn, teach, and get inspired!

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Community Hub 10

12.30 - 14.00 | Community Hub

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Meet the Emerging NREN participants (12:45 - 13:45)

Come and meet the participants in the Emerging NREN programme and learn more about their work, their interest in TNC and the GÉANT Community.

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The Federated SSH CA in the Core AAI Platform (12:45 - 13:15)

SSH access is an essential and standard building block of all HPC environments. In the last few years, more and more groups have focused on security, operability, and user experience issues of this access, for example: a user is responsible to create and manage his SSH keys, rekeying is hard to manage, and in the end, keys are used permanently, TOFU (trust on the first use) is always approved; almost nobody checks the key fingerprint of the host, hostnames can’t be reused, which leads to the change of the fingerprint when this happens and the key distribution across the infrastructure is complex and clumsy The Core AAI Platform solves these problems by introducing support for signed SSH keys (SSH certificates) in addition to the commonly used SSH keys. SSH certificates are signed by a trusted Certification Authority and then be used to access any machine without significant changes in the configuration on the hosts’ side. At the same time, the CLI tools for users could be very lightweight and straightforward to use. We would like to demonstrate this new capability of the GEANT Core AAI Platform that is already being used on the MyAccessID Service. In the demo, you will see how a user of the MyAccessID service can obtain and use a short-lived SSH Certificate while authenticating via federated identity. We will show you a working scenario, how things can be configured, and discuss all open questions we still have.

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DDoS Attack Mitigation with Firewall on Demand (FoD) and RARE (13:15 - 13:45)

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are a major threat to the modern Internet, rendering critical services inaccessible to legitimate clients. Thus, smart mechanisms for effectively mitigating DDoS attacks are largely required by network administrators. In this presentation, we will demonstrate our work on integrating the RARE platform with Firewall on Demand (FoD) for efficient DDoS attack mitigation. RARE and FoD are both open-source projects developed within the GÉANT community. RARE develops solutions that target various use cases related to research and education purposes, including DDoS attack protection. FoD enables network engineers to define flow-based firewall filters, which are subsequently propagated to upstream networks via BGP FlowSpec. As a GÉANT service, FoD allows for the dissemination of mitigation rules to the GÉANT backbone without the time-consuming process of contacting Network Operations Centers (NOCs).

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Community Hub 11

14.00 - 15.30 | Community Hub

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African Innovation (14:00 - 15:00)

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URAN – a very human story of a resilient community (14:00 - 15:00)

Join the live stream from Kyiv and meet our Ukrainian colleagues to learn how people and communities live their lives day by day and how (national and wider) communities need to stay connected to maintain their identities to counterbalance the devastating effects of conflicts and war.

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An Introduction to the GEANT SOC Team (15:00 - 15:30)

The GEANT SOC team is at the forefront of safeguarding the NREN digital frontier. Specializing in proactive threat mitigation and incident response, the SOC team provides invaluable security services to ensure the integrity and availability of NREN's network infrastructure. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies, the team offers Firewall on Demand solutions, allowing for dynamic and adaptive protection against evolving cyber threats. Additionally, their arsenal includes Nemo, a powerful DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) tool offered as a service, enabling swift detection and mitigation of DDoS attacks to keep NREN's network resilient and operational. With their expertise and innovative tools, the GEANT SOC team stands as a steadfast guardian of NREN's digital landscape, ensuring the uninterrupted flow of information for research and education endeavors.

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Meet the GÉANT CEO (15:00 - 15:30)

Do you have a burning question to ask the GÉANT CEO? Now is your chance!

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Community Hub 12

15.30 - 16.00 | Community Hub

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RIPE at TNC: Connecting communities and networks

Meet the RIPE NCC - the Regional Internet Registry for Europe, Middle East and parts of Central Asia. Join us to learn about how we can support your work - whether that is in deploying IPv6, improving your network security using RPKI or running internet measurement research.

Among other things, we'll talk about some of our community-led active measurement tools like RIPE Atlas and how we support researchers working on topics related to Internet networking.

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IoTRoam - Implementation of an open LoRaWAN roaming architecture

IoTRoam is a LoRaWAN roaming set-up that uses open software and standards. IoTRoam’s added value is the possibility of using core Internet infrastructures such as DNS and PKI to enable the interconnection and security of IoT End-Device onboarding. The objective is to extend Internet resolution and security infrastructure services to be adapted to IoT, thus enabling seamless interoperability.

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Community Hub 13

09.00 - 10.30 | Community Hub

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EU Liaison/Public Affairs clinic (09:00 - 10:00)

Do you have a question on how the EU operates and what is on the agenda for 2024-2025? A question about how to access EU funding? Question about specific legislations (e.g.: NIS2 or the Data Act) or policies (e.g.: Digital Decade, European Research Area)? Or how you or your organization can influence EU level policy-making? This is your moment! Come and meet Edit Herczog and the GÉANT EU Liaison team to ask your questions.

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Sunet Drive and RDS (09:30 - 10:00)

A collaboration between Sunet and WWU Münster (and support from Newcastle University). The whole demonstration would extend the workflow of the berrycell: https://www.berrycells.com/how-to-make-a-berry-cell, with the last step being replaced by the publication of the data via Sunet Drive and RDS to Zenodo or OSF.

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Network management with Workflow Orchestrator (10:00 - 10:30)

SURF, ESnet and GÉANT will give you a demo of Workflow Orchestrator to show how to orchestrate your multi-vendor network using opensource software from our community.
The demo will deploy a simple, virtualized network topology composed by different devices from multiple vendors. To do this, we will rely on Workflow Orchestrator, LSO, Ansible and Containerlab. You will be able to download it at run it yourself! Come for the show, stay for some chats!

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SIG Marketplace (10:00 - 11:00)

Come find out how you can join the GÉANT Community and meet representatives from our Special Interest Groups: Resereach Engagement Development (RED), Task Force Education (TF-EDU), Information Security Managemenbt (ISM), Digital Health Data (DHD), Task Force Computer Security Incident Response Teams (TF-CSIRT).

Community Hub 14

10.30 - 11.00 | Community Hub

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Sustainability and creativity. Awareness through immersive experiences

The proposal involves the use of creativity and research for the development of an interactive prototype, in augmented reality, with which the user can experience the environmental impact of their decisions throughout a day. The construction of this prototype has involved interdisciplinary work with professionals from diverse cultural and creative areas, such as communication, design, programming, academic research and engineering.

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SIG Marketplace (10:00 - 11:00)

Come find out how you can join the GÉANT Community and meet representatives from our Special Interest Groups: Resereach Engagement Development (RED), Task Force Education (TF-EDU), Information Security Managemenbt (ISM), Digital Health Data (DHD), Task Force Computer Security Incident Response Teams (TF-CSIRT).

Community Hub 15

12.30 - 14.00 | Community Hub

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SIG Marketplace (12:45 - 13:45)

Come find out how you can join the GÉANT Community and meet representatives from our Special Interest Groups: Management of Service Portfolios (MSP), Marketing Communications (Marcomms), Sustainability, Procurement,

eduMEET v4 - independent open source software for secure VC

New eduMEET with new architecture, scalability and independence. The demo will not only highlight the new capabilities of this secure videoconferencing solution from our community. Mechanisms for management and administrative support will also be presented. These make a more user-friendly experience not only for meeting participants, but also for administrators. eduMEET is now independent open source software with support from our community and The Commons Conservancy.

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Community Hub 16

14.00 - 15.30 | Community Hub

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Creating security awareness in the NREN community

Meet the team behind the subtask ‘Awareness’, enthusiastic experts with a broad expertise in security awareness, behavioural change and communication, and ask them your questions related to the “human factor”. We are happy to help you to take your internal and/or external awareness programme to the next level.

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Digital maturity for Higher Education

The path to successful digital transformation is not without challenges. It demands targeted investments, digitally aware leadership, robust and secure infrastructure, engaged stakeholders, uniform data practices, digitally proficient staff and students, and, perhaps most crucially, a cultural shift towards digital adoption. This session will introduce the Jisc framework and the accompanying maturity model for digital transformation for higher education.

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Community Hub 17

15.30 - 16.00 | Community Hub

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Scalable research data management through the iRODS-RSpace integration

The demo showcases the integration between RSpace, a digital research platform built around an electronic lab notebook and integrated with a sample management system that enables capture, association and structuring of experimental and sample data, and iRODS, a research data management platform that tracks files at large scale, up to billions of files. The existing Stage 1 integration ensures that when external files linked to RSpace documents change location, the link integrity is maintained, solving the ‘broken links’ problem. Stage 2 of the integration, currently under development, enables export of datasets and associated metadata from RSpace to iRODS. This makes possible association of data from RSpace with the potentially vast range of data tracked by iRODS– e.g., all the data in a university’s data storage facilities or all the data in a multi-university or national project such as a biodiversity initiative. The RSpace data in iRODS will be discoverable via the associated metadata, enabling meaningful association with related data from other research resources, and re-use and repurposing of the data via, e.g., AI engines. We will also submit a proposal for an associated Lightning Talk, covering use cases at Leiden University and TU Delft, and SURF’s provision of support for iRODS and RSpace to Dutch educational and research institutions.

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AD HOC MEETING ROOM

Need a bit more privacy? Two Ad Hoc meeting rooms at the TNC24 venue will be available from Tuesday morning to Thursday lunchtime. The rooms provide a theatre style setup that seats up to 130 in the biggest one, 70 in the other.

The sign up sheet for this is managed at the GÉANT booth. Slots are limited.

Please note that signing up can only be done during conference hours on a first come first served basis.

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