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17 - eduroam JP as a national infrastructure for smart and virtual campus

Hideaki Sone, Hideaki Goto (Tohoku University)

The poster will illustrate recent activities on operation and R&D of eduroam JP.

(a) eduroam JP update
eduroam JP has grown as a community of 21 institutions. A distinguishing feature of eduroam JP is the federated Delegate Authentication System which provides some centralized authentication servers to reduce the entire operational cost. The system has been proved to be quite effective in deploying eduroam in small institutions.

(b) Collaboration with commercial ISPs
eduroam JP and livedoor, an ISP in Japan, have reached an agreement on providing eduroam service using 2,400+ commercial hotspots. This collaboration virtually expands campus networks in downtown areas. In addition, some trials for providing commercial services using universities’ hotspots are in progress.
Many universities outsource the campus network systems and operations. Collaboration with ISPs is useful not only for providing both eduroam and commercial services but also for 3G off-loading.

(c) eduroam in disaster-affected campuses
Sendai city, where Tohoku University is located, faced an unprecedented disaster by the Great East Japan Earthquake of M9.0 in March. Some university buildings were severely damaged, and many members were forced to move to other buildings where the network is operated by different departments. Since eduroam is borderless, it has played an important role in helping those nomadic staff to use the network.

(d) Nation-wide eduroam access network
A nation-wide, IPv4/v6-dual access network is being operated by eduroam JP and SINET. The network helps universities separate guest and local networks and is quite useful for solving various security and legal issues.

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