Arterial Research and Educational Network in the Asia Pacific (ARENA-PAC), Universitas Brawijaya (UB), and Indonesia Research and Education Network (IDREN) signed a MoU which agreed to cooperate in the operation and development of a high-speed network, namely 100 Gbps, for education research and development activities.
The signing of this MoU was held on the sidelines of the G20 Digital Economy Ministers Meeting agenda in Bali, which was witnessed by the Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate and the Minister for Digital Transformation of Japan, Kono Taro on Wednesday (31/8/2022). Also present were the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia for Japan, Heri Akhmadi and the Secretary of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research and Technology, Prof. Tjitjik Srie Tjahjandarie.
According to Prof. Widodo, S.Si., M.Sc. PhD.MedSc as the Rector of Universitas Brawijaya, this collaboration is an important momentum for UB as IDREN’s gateway to ARENA-PAC. “This 100 Gbps line is a hundred times faster than the current Indonesian REN to global REN and is certainly an important milestone for UB and research and education institutions in Indonesia. All of these are opportunities as well as very valuable challenges for us to accelerate in digital transformation in all fields, especially for research and education which provides opportunities for Independent Learning Independent Campus (MBKM) activities with IDREN,” said this MIPA Faculty lecturer.
In his speech, Prof. Jun Murai, Co-Director of ARENA-PAC called this network as the history of academics in Indonesia. “The 100 Gbps network to IDREN, which is Indonesia’s research and education network, creates a great history for the future, not only for Indonesia, but also for the Asia-Pacific region for academics for the sake of a resilient society. I hope this network will contribute through cooperation between Indonesia and other Asia-Pacific countries, as well as the rest of the world to create a better future.” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Achmad Affandi as Chair of IDREN encourages global research collaboration. “IDREN (Indonesia Research and Education Network) seeks to encourage collaboration in education and research through high-speed data communication networks in Indonesia. By connecting the IDREN network with the 100 Gbps ARENA-PAC, it will add infrastructure facilities and accelerate education and research cooperation to regional and global levels. Students, researchers and lecturers will have access to high-definition data, cloud, AI computing and multimedia communications, plus collaboration opportunities with global universities/research institutions,” he added.
The Indonesian Ambassador in Tokyo, Heri Akhmadi welcomed this 100 gbps collaboration which is a concrete deliverable for the digital transformation pillars of the G20 Indonesia Presidency. “This high-speed access network will certainly further encourage the development of research and university collaboration between Indonesia and Japan, particularly in encouraging the realization of Society 5.0. The Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo is ready to ensure the follow-up of this digital transformation collaboration,” said the Ambassador, Heri.
The 100 Gbps ARENA-PAC network connects IDREN with UB as the gateway, through Guam to Tokyo and also to a number of other locations. This network is a big leap forward for Indonesia, with speeds 100 times greater than the network that connects Indonesia to the current global research and education network, with the gateway located at ITB.
With this network, more than 82 universities and research institutions that are currently connected to IDREN will be able to exchange data faster with other research and education institutions abroad, and have private facilities to experiment on the network.
Activities carried out in the IDREN community include sharing access to high-performance computing facilities and distributed data between campuses/research institutions through network infrastructure and expanding network connectivity in collaboration with various Internet service providers as well as medical education activities by broadcasting surgery live from the operating room to doctors and Medical students use high-definition video streaming.
It is hoped that this increase in speed will further encourage such activities, which will increase Indonesia’s capabilities and contribution in the world of research and education, in addition to accelerate digital transformation in both fields. (Abas/VQ/Humas UB)