What & Why: Our Vision

The Global Network Advancement Group (GNA-G) embodies a vision for the international collaboration of national research and education (R&E) networks. The set of networks that comprise the Global R&E infrastructure is large and diverse. There are differences in speed, accessibility and capacity. Building on the work of groups like the GNA and GLIF the GNA-G was started to continue the work of making the interconnection of these networks more effective for science and providing a model for the more effective use of resources in building these networks. By working together the NRENs of the world can both provide better services and agree to a blueprint which will enable R&E networks to align their spending for intercontinental bandwidth.

Our Mission

The primary mission of the Global Network Advancement Group (GNA-G) is to support global research and education using the technology, infrastructures and investments of its participants.

Research and Education within the academic community encompasses a wide range of disciplines and activities, from intellectual thought experiments to highly data driven projects. While all of these global activities use networks, these needs are the focus of the GNA-G.

In order for these data intensive collaborations to flourish, on a global scale, they require an effective means of moving, accessing and sharing, ever increasing amounts of data.

The GNA-G exists to bring together researchers, National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), Global eXchange Point (GXP) operators, regionals and other R&E providers, in developing a common global infrastructure for support of these needs.

This worldwide collaboration is built on Dependency, Democracy and Diversity. The global NREN community all depend upon one another, they all need to share in the decision processes related to network structure and use, and they all need to recognize the diverse nature of these organizations and not try to fit one model to everyone, while we ensure to always maximize results instead of looking for lowest common denominators.

To achieve these goals, the GNA-G:

  • Works closely together with R&E groups to advance worldwide data movement capabilities;
  • Has Working Groups to fulfil our mission;
  • Develops architectures for highly advanced intelligent networks;
  • Provides strategies and best current practices for NRENs to collaboratively work on procurements of capacity for global interconnections, helping to add to the Global Research and Education Network (GREN) infrastructure;
  • Works with national and global groups dedicated to making the end-to-end experience better;
  • Works to promote the general understanding of the reach and connectedness of the Global NREN community.

Who - GNA-G Leadership Team

The GNA-G is led by the GNA-G Leadership Team (LT), currently consisting of six persons from the GNA-G Community. Their terms look as follows:

2-year term: Harvey Newman (Caltech) until end 2023, Ivana Golub (PSNC) until end 2023
4-year term: Buseung Cho (KISTI) until end 2025, David Wilde (AARNet) until end 2025, Marco Teixeira (RedCLARA) until end 2025, Alex Moura (KAUST) until end 2026

David Wilde, Chair
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AARNet (Australia)

Harvey Newman
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Caltech (USA)

Buseung Cho
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KISTI (South Korea)

Ivana Golub
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PSNC (Croatia/Poland)

Alex Moura
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KAUST (Saudi Arabia)

Leadership Team Support

Veronika Di Luna
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GÉANT (Cambridge)

Nominations Committee (“NomCom”)

In October of every odd calendar year, a Nominating Committee, consisting of volunteers from the GNA-G Community, will be formed. The task of the NomCom is to nominate Candidates to serve on the Leadership Team. Any member of the GNA-G Community may nominate any member of the GNA-G Community for any open position and a self-nomination is permitted. When nominating, two items are considered important:

  • Qualifications, e.g., technical competence or organizational skills or relevant experience,
  • Diversity; the NC is tasked to explicitly take this into account.

A nomination is only complete when it is supported by at least one other member from the community, from a different organization, participating in the GNA-G, than the nominee.

The first-ever GNA-G NomCom was active in Q4 2021. In early 2022, an evaluation will be done on how the process ran, so we can learn from the first experience. A new GNA-G NomCom will be created towards the end of Q3 2023.

Find out more about NomCom.