GÉANT Innovation Programme
​The GÉANT Innovation Programme is a unique opportunity to enable initial development, establish a proof of concept or testing of new ideas, with lightweight, administrative constraints. 


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​Funded projects

Launched in February 2021, the GÉANT Innovation Programme funded eight projects in the areas of multimedia, networks, trust&identity, education, clouds, security and privacy. The table below shows an overview of the projects funded:


​mingleMeet - Interactive meeting space for eduMEET

The objective of the project is to extend the functionality of eduMEET by the creation of a user friendly, graphical mingling space to allow quick group building and interaction. Using the WebRTC and Selective Forwarding Unit (SFU) capacities on which eduMEET is based, we can switch in real-time the audio-video streams which the user sees and hears in real-time, when they enter or leave a group.

The project will bring benefits to the whole GÉANT community, allowing for better interactions between people during conferences, like the TNC, or creating new concepts of educational sessions conducted online. Our project breaks the standard approach to videoconferencing, where people meet at a fixed time, in fixed rooms. Our solution creates a game-like space where users move around using the keyboard or mouse, creating dynamic groups where they can interact. Such an approach will allow to find new usage scenarios for eduMEET and extend existing ones.



Submitter organisation

PSNC


Area
Multimedia
​Adaptive DNSSEC - DNSSEC: Make or Break Vulnerabilities in DNS
The Domain Name System (DNS) is a most critical, distributed system on which any access to a resource on the Internet depends (e.g., web page, virtual meeting, cloud storage, etc.) This critical infrastructure and the wellbeing of the Internet are the main potential beneficiaries of this project. The DNS system is under many different attacks in recent years [9,10,11,12] that have caused considerable damage. Worse than this are the potential of new attacks that can easily paralyze parts of the Internet, e.g., [1]. The main ingredient in these attacks is a flood of non-existent domain name requests, that by pass the resolver cache because each requests is for a different random sub-domain name. Such requests incur large overhead due to the necessity to online-sign each response, which cannot be prepared off-line without enabling zone-walking/enumeration attacks. An outcome of this project is a considerable improvement to the robustness and attack-resiliency of the DNS system.




Submitter organisation
Tel Aviv University (TAU)


Area
​Networks, security and privacy
​​VoDsync - Synchronous playback of high quality videos in eduMEET sessions

The objective is to extend the functionality of eduMEET by the creation of an innovative solution for synchronous playout of high quality videos. The project will extend the eduMEET server capacities by creating a upload space for Video on Demand (VoD) files. In a videoconferencing session, a user will be able to upload videos and initiate playback for all users and control the playback progress. This way, the user can show high quality videos, without reencoding and losing quality like in screen-sharing.


The project brings benefits to the GÉANT community, allowing for better video presentations during reviews or conferences.





Submitter organisation

PSNC

​Area
Multimedia
​eduCLAIMS - educational claims and recommendation letter service with eduGAIN identifiers

​The objective of the project is to study in detail, including both technical and legal aspects and show with a proof-of-concept system how digital educational claims should be released in a manner that (1) allows for marginal then gradual uptake and (2) observes and re-uses the GÉANT’s T&I ecosystem instead of creating a parallel world of identifiers and schemas.


The main beneficiaries of the project are the students and educators of educational institutes within the NRENs as well as the NRENs themselves if they have plans for promoting claims and microcertifications.




Submitter organisation
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)


Area
Trust & identity, education
​PLAS: Platformed Workflows

The GÉANT Cloud Flow (GCF) platform allows to run large-scale workflows consisting of tasks. Tasks are typically embedded in Docker Container images, and GCF deploys these Containers to the most convenient GÉANT site offering a Container platform. The project goal is to extend GCF's services with open-source software so that a user can not only run containerized-tasks, but platformed-tasks, i.e., tasks running within overlay platforms to leverage better the underlying cloud resources and make the workflow faster. For example, this extension would allow the execution of complex machine learning tasks within the Horovod distributed training platform, deployed by GCF as part of the workflow.



Submitter organisation
Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT)

Area
Clouds
User Controlled SD-WAN Services (UCSS) with Performance Monitoring over GÉANT

​The objective is to deploy a service for creating overlay VPNs for end users based on SRv6 with an integrated Performance Monitoring framework. We will provide a web based GUI to: 


  1. Create on-demand VPNs according to specific application requirements.
  2. Monitor the end-to-end performance (loss and delay).

The project will assess the capability and the limitations of user controlled VPNs over the NREN and GÉANT and will help to understand how the NREN and GÉANT could provide services to improve the user experience.




Submitter organisation​Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT)


Area
Networks and clouds
​​ABEBox: Privacy Preserving File Sharing Service

The objective of the project is to build a privacy preserving file sharing service. The project will output a software tool that adds end-to-end data privacy on top of existing file sharing services. The problem we want to solve is related to the trade-off between data privacy and ease-to-use of cloud storage services. Indeed, the emerging need of data privacy, well addressed by Instant Messaging applications, is not adequately covered in cloud storage systems. We propose a new flexible solution to fill this gap, based on Attribute Based Access Control.

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Submitter organisation
Tor Vergata University of Rome - 
Electronic Engineering Department

Area
Security and privacy
​Design and Implementation of an 802.11 Privacy Preserving Sub-Layer

​Objective: Protect peoples' privacy preventing un-authorized surveillance via Wi-Fi sensing.


Project: Research and Innovation, implementation oriented. 


Outcome: 

  1. Working prototype of the privacy-protection sublayer implemented in the OpenWiFi framework; can be used to setup APs based on SDR in a Linux environment;
  2. Design of a protocol enabling the negotiation of the privacy-protection algorithm during association. 

Beneficiaries: People and society at large that have one additional tool to protect their privacy. Startups and hardware vendors can pick-up the project and prototype to make it a fully-fledged commercial product.





Submitter organisation​University of Brescia (UniBS)


Area
​Security and privacy, networks


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