PIONIER Consortium was established in 2003 and includes the PIONIER fiber optic network, which is one of the most modern in the world. It is a key component of the IT infrastructure of science in Poland and is part of the European Research Area (ERA).

 

IT infrastructure, including access to high-power computing, is a condition of development for many fields of science. Since the beginning of its existence, PIONIER is an active partner of scientific teams from many fields.

 

PIONIER network is evolving towards terabit bandwidths, offering services to support digital innovation. It is an important element of open science, developed in the European Union as part of the EOSC initiative (European Open Science Cloud).

PIONIER consortium was established in 2003 and includes PIONIER fiber optic network, which is one of the most modern in the world.

IT infrastructure, including access to high-power computing, is a prerequisite for development for many fields of science. PIONIER has been an active partner of research teams from many fields since its inception.

PIONIER network is evolving towards terabit bandwidths, offering services to support digital innovation. It is an important element of open science, developed in the European Union as part of the EOSC initiative (European Open Science Cloud).

Goals

Research in the area of new technologies and applications
Development of infrastructure and services
International cooperation, active partnership

Interactive map of the PIONIER network

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Map of the PIONIER network

Infrastructure and technology

PIONIER network covers approximately 11 000 km of fiber optic lines, of which almost 7 000 km in Poland. DWDM technologies are implemented on the fiber optic structure, offering transmission channels up to 400 Gb/s. Transmission system has, among others, the GMPLS functionality, which allows it to maintain technological consistency with MPLS switches in the network layer. Our network offers access to users (MSK - Municipal Computer Networks - and KDM - High Power Computing Centers) in Ethernet nx10 and nx100 Gb/s technology.

 

Polish IT infrastructure, part of which is PIONIER network, actively supports national and European scientific research, meeting today's requirements of modern and advanced research instruments. In addition, PIONIER network, using GÉANT network, connects with the European research networks (NREN) and provides Polish scientific community access to the global Internet.

 

Over the years PIONIER network has been developed as part of many infrastructure projects. The most important are NewMAN, 100net, PLATON, MAN-HA and currently PIONIER-LAB, PRACE-LAB and KMD.

Members of PIONIER consortium

Ambition of the Polish scientific community was to build a modern IT infrastructure for science in Poland. Involvement of representatives of science and numerous environmental discussions led to the creation and adoption by the Scientific Research Committee (KBN) of the "PIONIER: Polish Optical Internet - Advanced Applications, Services and Technologies for the Information Society" program as the official project for the development of the IT infrastructure of science in Poland. As part of this program, in 2001 started the construction of the national PIONIER fiber optic backbone network, connecting the Municipal Computer Networks and High Power Computing Centers.

 

In order to implement tasks entrusted to scientific community by the KBN, in April 2001 the "Agreement on the construction and operation of the National Optical Network of PIONIER scientific and academic units" was signed, and then, in July of the same year was sign the "Agreement on the establishment of a Consortium for the operation and operation of use of the Polish Optical Network of scientific and academic units PIONIER ”. Task of building PIONIER network was entrusted to the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), which became the operator of this network.

 

As a result of the above actions, the Leading Units MAN and KDM, which are signatories of the above-mentioned agreements, after commissioning the first part of the network, on November 25, 2003 in Kazimierz Dolny on the Vistula river, signed an agreement on the basis of which the PIONIER Consortium was established, whose main tasks were operation, maintenance and management of PIONIER network.

 

On the basis of this agreement PIONIER Consortium Council was appointed, the work of which is managed by the Presidium of the Council: the Chairman, two Vice-Presidents and the Secretary. The Presidium is elected for a two-year term.

Current composition of the PIONIER Consortium Council and its Presidium:

Materials for consortium members

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