Network Services

Israel's National Research & Education Network (NREN)

 

IUCC maintains the ILAN network, Israel’s National Research and Education Network (NREN).

ILAN services include:

  • High-speed (20Gb/s) access between Israel’s academic and research institutes and the international research networks and links to global research networks, via GÉANT network in Europe. Network Terms of Use
  • High-speed connectivity to all Israeli ISPs via Israel Internet Exchange (IIX)
  • Network Operations Center (NOC) including usage statistics
  • Advanced communications services
  • eduroam – the roaming infrastructure used by the international research and education community that provides the eduroam user experience: open your laptop and be online.
  • eduGAIN – IUCC’s Identity Federation for sharing information on users and resources to allow access to resources and services. The service is managed by IUCC and is part of eduGAIN, the pan-European partnership between the GÉANT federations.
  • Speedtest
  • The NTP (Network Time Protocol) server, fed from an atomic clock, is operated by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and accessible to all universities
  • A centralized LISTSERV system serving the universities’ academic, administrative and technical staff
  • IUCC provides the certificate service as a member of the GEANT certificate service, which is a consortium of NRENs that have negotiated a special discount for all the academic community. For information, please contact these campus certificate representatives.

  

Topology

The ILAN network is based on a unique, dual-star, eight-node network.  Interconnecting these two POPs (one located at Tel Aviv University and the other at a neutral colocation site called Med-1) is a dark fiber link operating at 20Gb/sec. Each of Israel’s eight Israeli universities connects to both of these POPS via 10 Gb/sec and 1 Gb/sec links, provided different commercial telecom operators. Automatic failover of those links is handled by the OSPF routing protocol.

International communications is provided to members via 30 Gb/sec links, which  terminate in Frankfurt and London. These links connect IUCC to the GÉANT network in Europe and through them to the American research network – Internet2.

History

IUCC’s telecommunications infrastructure was created in 1984 with a pre-Internet 9.6kb/sec international line to the European EARN network. In 1990, the first international Internet line from Israel to the USA began operating, at a rate of 64kb/sec.

For a period of three years (1994-1996), IUCC operated a central node for Internet connections for hi-tech companies in Israel, as well as for various telecommunications providers (prior to the existence of the Israeli Internet Society central node known as the IIX). In 1997, the responsibility for the Israeli Internet eXchange (IIX) was transferred to the Israel Internet Association (ISOC-IL), and in 1999 IUCC was connected to the Internet-2 network in the USA and to the European research network GÉANT.

IUCC was the first organization in Israel to provide IPv6 services, since May 2003, to link Israel’s academic and research institutes with international research networks operating throughout the world.