Development of the Science and Education

NATO project

"AMNET - Development of the Science and Education Network in Moldova"
NATO Scientific Affairs Division-NATO B-1110 Brussels, Belgium-Tel:(32-2)7074111-Fax: 7074232

1. Project Title:

AMNET - Development of the Science and Education Network in Moldova

Keywords: telecommunications, computer networks, information system, international collaboration, hardware, software, server, databases.

2.Project Participants

  • Project Co-Director (from NATO country) Signature:

    Surname/Initials/Title: Erich Peplow, Doctor
    Institute Name: Fachhochschule Stralsund Hochschulrechenzentrum
    Address: Stralsund, Germany
    Telephone: + 49 3831-456571
    Fax: + 49 3831-456729
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  • Project Co-Director (from CP country) Signature:

    Surname/Initials/Title: Secrieru Gregory, Doctor
    Institute Name: RENAM Public Association, Executive Director
    Address: 168 Bul. Stefan-cel-Mare, Kishinev, Moldova
    Telephone: +37322 24-80-97, 73-87-63
    Fax: +37322 72-70-26, 49-70-22
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  • Principal Investigators (curriculum vitae to be attached for each one)
    List group leaders of all collaborating teams: Surname/Initials/Title/ Institute and address
    1. Gaindric Constantin, PhD, Institute of Mathematics of ASM
    2. Caisin Simion, PhD, State University of Moldova
    3. Bogatencov Peter, PhD Academy of Sciences of Moldova
    4. Bolun Ivan, PhD, Academy of Economic Studies

3. Objectives

The project strategic purposes are:
  1. creation and development of AMNET (Academic Moldavian Network) infrastructure with the access into INTERNET, uniting more than 25 research institutes of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova (ASM), Universities and other non-governmental organizations of Moldova;
  2. rendering an effective support of regional and international academic cooperation.
The project realization will permit to provide new conditions for using of national information resources and its integration into the international information space and help to increase of science contribution to Moldova social-economic development.

The Computer Center (CC) of ASM, possessing more then 30-years experience in informatization of scientific activities of ASM, and the corresponding departments of the Universities, participating in the project, will play the leading role in the project realization.

4. Networking infrastructure project

  1. Existing infrastructure
    Due to NATO, Eurasia Foundation and Soros Foundation support, the backbone of the Academy of Sciences' Intranet was created at the Computer Center of ASM. The main component of the backbone is a Sun Ultra I SPARC Server equipped with SPARC Storage Array with storage capacity of 16 GB that allows to execute effectively multimedia applications and provides sufficient disk space.

    Computer Center and some of the Institutes of the ASM have already IP connections. Other institutes of ASM use DiaIUp IP connections to the Computer Center. The network comprises three hardware routers: one CISCO 2511 and two TeleBit NetBlazer PN4. The AMNET provides free access to information resources of INTERNET and informational exchange to the Moldavian Scientific Community. The existing external bandwidth is 64K.

  2. Nature of communication
    Information exchange includes: data sharing among the members of the scientific community from 25 Scientific Institutions of ASM, 6 Universities of Moldova and scientists from other countries; multi-user access to databases developed by ASM and in the Moldavian Universities; full access to INTERNET services. More than 130 research themes are developed by the scientists of ASM in collaboration with the scientists from 23 countries.

    The data transfer rate within AMNET will be from 28 Kbps to 100 Mbps, external link will be up to 256 Kbps.

  3. Project description
    Satisfaction of increasing information needs of scientific, educational and other structures of the society is connected with the creation of information systems infrastructure on the basis of perspective information technologies. In the project will be find a solution of two main problems of the network development:
    1. creation and development the network infrastructure, ensuring an effective access to national and global information resources for all departments of ASM and Universities of Moldova;
    2. providing a new approach to regional and international scientific cooperation and effective integration of AMNET into global INTERNET.
    In the scope of project realization it will be created and provided the necessary services, which may be subdivided into three main groups:
    1. development of WWW servers with access both for AMNET and INTERNET users;
    2. delivering software and hardware environment for effective creating of applied systems available for networking utilization;
    3. creation of information - demonstration center (IDC) for training and raising the skill level of scientists and specialists, doctorants and students in the sphere of new information technologies use.

    The development of AMNET infrastructure is based on following principles:
    1. Creation of the central communication node of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova with access to INTERNET through the independent satellite channel.
    2. Academy institutes, situated in the Academy city and in immediate proximity (up to I km) to the central communication node are connected in local mode, using an optical cable with transmission capacity up to 100 Mbps.
    3. Networking complexes of the Universities and remote (for 4-18 km) ASM institutions are connected by radiochannels with transmission capacity up to 512 Kbps (in exceptional cases - by leased channels).
    4. For small remote organizations and separate users the access is provided through leased or dialed telephone lines.

    It is provided to fulfill the project in three stages:
    1. Stage 1 (1997) Creation of a satellite channel and central communication node of AMNET. Connecting remote buildings of ASM and universities complexes.
    2. Stage II (1998) Academic WWW server and IDC will be realized and AMNET users training will be organized. Creation of applied databases on multi-user SUN Microsystems servers will be arranged.
    3. Stage III (1999) Linking all other establishments and separate users. Network optimization.

    Detailed budget plan on 1998 and 1999 (Stages II and III) will be prepared and delivered to NATO Scientific Affairs Division later.

4. Budget

Support requested for years 1998-1999 from NATO in USD: 100000
 

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