TERENA Technical Programme in its
current status reflects recent changes in network infrastructure
development from network centered concept to application and content
focused concept. Special areas of interest defined by TERENA Technical
Advisory Council (TAC) includes: lower layers technologies and
QoS, videoconferencing and streaming, content delivery, indexing
and searching, middleware, mobility.
Some efforts have been put into defining middleware as the most
expanded area. Middleware is the most widely covering area and
often defined as a reusable, expandable set of services and functions
that are commonly used by networking applications. Middleware
includes network infrastructure services related to routing, resolution
and management. Particular examples of
middleware are: QoS and differentiated services; directories and
public key infrastructure; authentication, authorization, accounting
(AAA); security infrastructure; resource descriptions and metadata;
content delivery and multicast application; data management and
computational grids, active networks, etc.
Another TERENA initiative that target community needs is TERENA
Academic Portal (TAP). TAP concept reflects interest of many TERENA
members in building community oriented portals to bind their target
community and serve their special areas of interests. TAP will
help research diversification and knowledge accumulation, assist
researchers and educators in building authorities in new domains.
It intends to combine the expertise of TERENA's community in indexing/searching,
caching/storage and streaming, directory services.