Month: March 2017

Weather forecasting to keep the population safe*

As weather forecasts are becoming increasingly detailed, data volumes are increasing as well, demanding high-speed connectivity and supercomputing power. In Switzerland, the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss) is currently installing a new forecasting model called COSMO-NExT. The COSMO-NExT model has won the Swiss ICT Award 2016, and among other things it reduces the …

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Malaria drug could cut women’s risk of other infections*

A drug used to combat malaria in pregnant women could also treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a study shows. Results of the study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, a medicine recommended during antenatal care visit for intermittent preventive treatment (IPTp) of malaria in pregnant women in …

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Accessing and contributing to global research: Helping to solve the problem of the last kilometre*

Higher education benefits from investments in infrastructure, journals, books and data. Over the years the investment into the development of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) across Africa has revolutionised research and education’s access to services but often it is the last kilometre of access from the NREN network to the campus that proves to …

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The major role of Open Exchange Points, Lessons from NORDUnet

NORDUnet is a regional R&E network that serves the five Nordic countries in Europe: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Each country has a national R&E network (NREN), serving scientists, educators, students, and their institutions in the country. Since the 1980s, these five NRENs have worked together to connect their network infrastructures to each other, …

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The Internet should be a highway road accessible to everyone- Jim Forster

African governments and IT players on the continent should aim at building and opening up e-Infrastructure and internet services so that they are affordable and easily accessible to users. Jim Forster, a former 20 year employee of the world’s leading IT and Networking company Cisco Systems and now Chairman of NetworkTheWorld, made the suggestion in …

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. CAREN project brings Gigabit-speed connectivity to Central Asia*

Researchers, academics and students in Central Asia and Europe are already starting to benefit from the recent deployment of a ring of 1 Gbps circuits for research and education (R&E) across the regions, officially inaugurated today at the start of the 2nd CAREN Regional Networking Conference (CRNC 2017) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The new connectivity is …

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