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Giga Project

Giga Project consists of the development of optical network technologies, applications and telecommunication services associated with IP technology and broadband. It will also permit qualifying Brazilian companies in competitive technology. This project will result in the creation of an experimental network, with transmission capacity of up to Gbps and the generation of products and services in the form of prototypes. The initial topology of the network will include the cities of Campinas, São Paulo, São José dos Campos, Cachoeira Paulista, Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis and Niterói.

Giga Project will comprise four areas of theme coordination: optical networks, network protocols and services, experimental telecommunications services and scientific services and applications. Each area will be further divided into research and development subprojects. RNP, together with the Research and Development Center on Telecommunications (Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações - CPqD), is in charge of its executive management. The partnership signed with Finep in December 2002 predicts and investment of R$ 55 million in 3 years. This money comes from Funttel – the Fund for Technological Development of Telecommunications from the Ministry of Communications.

Giga Project’s R&D Subprojects

On December 29, 2003, RNP’s Innovations Management launched the call for projects entitled "Research and development in protocols and network services and in services and scientific applications", connected to Giga Project, an optical network initiative conducted together with the CPqD (Fundação Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento em Telecomunicações).

The selection of the proposals submitted was made by a scientific committee made up of representatives from RNP and four guest researchers from the scientific community. The committee was helped by a group of ad-hoc consultants specially called for this task. The selected proposals fit the following themes and subthemes, under RNP’s responsibility:

Protocols and Network Services

  • Network protocols and transport in advanced networks
  • Advanced network management

Services and Scientific Applications

  • Real-time multimedia applications in advanced networks
  • Large scale distributed applications

The selected subprojects by RNP are listed at http://www.rnp.br/pd/giga/subprojetos.html (in portuguese).

More informations about Giga Project: giga@rnp.br