“whose aim is to expand the scope of e-VLBI (electronic Very Long Baseline Interferometry) throughout Europe and beyond. ORIENT will help connect the EXPReS project partner, the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory ( http://center.shao.ac.cn/home.htm ), to its European counterparts.
Another project with a special interest in a connection between European and Chinese research networks is EUChinaGrid, a grid computing project, joining computational resources in China and Europe and facilitating data transfer and processing between the two regions. To find out more about EUChinaGrid see: http://www.euchinagrid.org
ORIENT also hopes to serve researchers in the field of Cosmic Ray Observation. The ARGO-YBJ project is keen to see an operational connection to its site at YangBaJing in Tibet, China. Benedetto D’Ettorre Piazzoli, spokesman for ARGO- YBJ, expressed his support for the initiative: ‘such a connection between China and Europe is of high value, not only from the point of view of the ARGO-YBJ experiment, but more generally to provide an adequate support to the Europe-China GRID projects’. http://argo.na.infn.it. One of the project’s objectives is to identify existing Chinese-European collaborative projects and to encourage their usage of the infrastructure provided by ORIENT. It is also hoped that the existence of this infrastructure will encourage new collaborations, otherwise impractical or even impossible without a dedicated research network link.”
Het 4.15 miljoen euro kostende ORIENT-project wordt gefinancierd door de EU, China en het Europese Nationale Onderzoek- en Onderwijsnetwerk. De nieuwe verbinding zal vermoedelijk in de loop van 2006 klaar zijn.