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ERNET (Education & Research Network) India, an autonomous scientific society under Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India was established in the year 1998.

Its activities are organized around five technology focused areas: Nationwide Academic and Research Network; Research and Development in the area of Data Communication and its Application; Human Resource Development in the area of High-end Networking; Educational Content; and Campus-wide High Speed Local Area Network. UNDP has lauded ERNET as one of the most successful programmes it has funded. The Govt. of India has committed itself to further strengthen the project by including it in the 9th Plan with the allocation of funds and by creation of a new organisational set-up in the form of a Society. The Science community of the country has also recognized ERNET's contribution--both for infrastructure services as well as for R&D. The Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet has adopted ERNET as the platform for launching an S&T network in the country.

ERNET India has set up and operating a state-of-the art nodal Intra and Internet network for Educational and Research Institutions. It has 14 Points of Presence at the premier educational and research institutions in the country. All the 14 PoPs are equipped with state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, which can provide connectivity in the range of Kbps to 155 Mbps. These PoPs are connected on a countrywide IPv6 fibre optic terrestrial backbone, which is further connected with satellite backbone at Software Technology Park (STP) in Bangalore. The entire infrastructure supports by IP multicasting, web casting and video broadcasting. The entire network is managed and operated through the premiere educational institutions. The countrywide backbone is connected to dedicated international links at Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bangalore. An international bandwidth of about 90 Mbps is currently installed at ERNET. ERNET is connected to GEANT over 100 Mb/S link supporting both IPv4 and IPv6.

ERNET also manages Indian GRID network GARUDA and applications are supported by CDAC: Today more than 1300 educational and research institutions are connected on ERNET.

All the universities and other higher learning institutions including Agricultural Institutions, Schools and Engineering Colleges are connected on Intra and Internet through ERNET.

Involved Staff

Dr.A.Paventhan is currently Senior Manager (R & D), at ERNET India. He is the Chief Investigator of the ongoing R&D projects in ERNET - "Mobile IPv6 testbed for mobility management over heterogeneous access networks" and "Managing 6LoWPAN wireless sensor networks". He received his M.Tech from IIT, Delhi and  PhD from the School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, UK. Paventhan was part of the Microsoft HPC institute at the University of Southampton and post-PhD, he has contributed to the EGEE Grid middleware projects at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), Science and Technology Facilities Countil (STFC), UK. Prior to joining ERNET, he was a  team-coordinator of Operating Systems Group at C-DAC leading the development of light-weight communication substrate for PARAM HPC clusters. His area of interest include Computer Networks, Parallel and Distributed computing.

Mohanram Natarajan is currently the Director General of ERNET India. He has earlier served as the Head and Director of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Bangalore. He was the Chief Investigator of the Indian GARUDA Grid project. Mohan Ram has made significant contributions to the system architecture and software technologies for the complete PARAM series of high performance systems at C-DAC.