CERN and GÉANT: Delivering Global Real-Time Video Communication Services

CERN will present an overview on its current video communication service offer to the LHC community, in particular, on the current operations, performance consolidations and scalability improvements of the CERN Vidyo service. The service is already an increasingly critical part of the daily activity of the LHC collaborations, topping recently more than 50 million minutes on a yearly basis, with peaks of 941 simultaneous connections. CERN will elaborate on the improvement of some key front-end features such as the integration with CERN Indico, CERN SSO/Federated SSO and the new client developments based on WebRTC. An overview on the future infrastructure improvements - such as virtualization techniques of Vidyo routers and geo-location mechanisms for load-balancing and optimum user distribution across the hybrid cloud infrastructure - will also be discussed.

The service is operated by CERN at a massive scale and its extension beyond the LHC community would be a seamless logical step forward. Global users would benefit from the CERN Vidyo service as an autonomous, dedicated, fully monitored instance, including the possibility to use Indico to book, browse and manage remote meetings and users. Connections could be established from multi-platform desktops, mobiles, H323/SIP room-based devices and telephones hosting up to several hundreds of users in the same or in parallel remote meetings from anywhere at any time ensuring the best possible user experience.

CERN and Vidyo have outlined a strategy and roadmap to optimize the service and introduce it to the broader global science community. It includes the evolution of the multi-tenant concept to serve different communities, sciences or virtual organisations beyond the LHC. To this end , CERN and GÉANT established a partnership in order to make R&E users get full profit from the deployed platform.

For the higher education and academic research community of GÉANT, WebRTC doesn’t simply mean transformation of a normal web browser into a soft video conference end-point. A feature-rich web complemented with real-time communication capability will also offer the opportunity to develop novel, context-based applications and services by integrating real-time communication in all sorts of e-Learning and e-Research web applications at a low price point. As a first step, GÉANT aims at providing a multi-NREN, reliable, trusted WebRTC development platform for creative users based on the open source Jitsi technology and its open APIs. Application developers, system integrators, creative user groups and even student are invited to participate in a hackaton and enhance their R&E web applications with real-time video features delivered over a pan-European pilot infrastructure of GÉANT. Thanks to standard WebRTC and vendor-agnostic open APIs, these novel context-based applications and services may also run on other production platforms such as the multi-tenant CERN Vidyo infrastructure described earlier.

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