As a R&E Node, HARNET R&E Node aims at facilitating policy-free exchange of traffic among any connected R&E networks, R&E organizations, and cloud service providers.  HARNET R&E Node supports the following services using a non-blocking switching infrastructure residing in a carrier-neutral facility:

  • Peering Service:
    • Layer 2 (initially) or Layer 3 (under planning)
    • Support Private Peering (or Bilateral Peering) with respective parties reaching peering agreement by themselves
    • Provide Route Servers(under planning) to provide routing information to facilitate and streamline the implementation of Multilateral Peering arrangements, and to lower the barrier of entry for new peering participants
  • Support Ethernet connection port speed of 1G, 10G or 100G
  • Support IPv4 and IPv6 traffic natively
  • Support Q-in-Q (802.1Q Tunneling), Port Trunking, and Jumbo Frames of up to at least 9,000 bytes of Ethernet payload
  • Support Point-to-Point and also Multipoint Layer 2 Transport Service
  • Support Static (initially) and Dynamic VLAN provisioning (under planning)
  • Support setting up of a dedicated point-to-point VLAN between two parties for private communication
  • Network Performance Tools:
    • MRTG - provide network usage statistics of the open exchange
    • perfSONAR - enable network performance measurement for monitoring and testing network paths across network domains