Program RNP Work Groups (GT-RNP) was launched in 2002 with the objective of enabling the design of collaborative projects (between RNP and national research groups), which show the feasibility to use new protocols, services and applications of computer networks. The program is coordinated by the Directorate of Innovation of RNP, created in 2001.
Each GT develops a specific project aiming at the proposal and creation of pilots of services to be evaluated and, eventually, offered to the users of the national academic network. RNP is responsible for the definition of the themes that will be the object of study of the groups.
Since 2005, the GTs started to be divided into two phases of one-year duration each. Today, the system operates in the following way: in the first phase, the groups develop and show a prototype of a new service. After their performance and characteristics are evaluated, some of these prototypes are selected for the second phase. In this phase, the GTs must develop the prototype presented, aiming at the implementation of a pilot which will be tested in a small group of institutions. After this second phase, the pilot can be changed into an RNP service.
Each GT-RNP is established by researchers of public or private institutions (selected by RNP) and by one or more researchers of RNP itself. Its structure is defined by a coordinator and a staff of assistants. Partner institutions to RNP (universities or companies) also participate in the activities, as long as the criteria established by the GT’s coordinator are considered.
On October 19, 2007, the Work Groups 2007-2008 were defined. They are: