DOST-ASTI takes part in the 36th APAN Meeting
By: Katherine Babaran, August 23, 2013

PhotoGrid_1377248408031Through the years, the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), through the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network (PREGINET), has established foreign linkages with international research and education networks. As primary member of the Asia-Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), the PREGINET continuously supports APAN’s activities.

The DOST-ASTI represented by its Director, Mr. Denis F. Villorente, the PREGINET Technical Head, Mr. Bayani Benjamin R. Lara and one (1) Senior Science Research Specialist, Mr. Rod James U. Bio, participated in the APAN 36th Meeting held at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, Korea on 19-23 August 2013.

This five (5)-day event was organized by APAN and the Korea Institute Science and Technology Information to gather decision makers and technical staff engaged in the operation of large-scale networks. The meeting allowed participants to understand the present state and plans for networking and cyber infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. It likewise featured presentations, tutorials and workshops, which covered advanced network applications and technologies, such as designing and deploying NSI technologies, network security, network engineering, sensor networks, telemedicine technologies, among others.

“Aside from getting fresh ideas, the meeting provided a venue for us to ‘network’ with other engineers and researchers and promote not only the PREGINET endeavors, but also DOST’s initiatives for interconnectivity,” said Lara.

APAN is a nonprofit international consortium for research and education networks in the Asia-Pacific region. It is designed to offer advanced networking environment for the research and education community and promote global collaboration.

PREGINET is the only research and education network in the Philippines, which interconnects and catalyzes research among academic, government and research institutions. It is a high-speed data communication network dedicated to cater the needs of academic and research communities, particularly, in exchanging and processing high volume of critical data, since it guarantees a dedicated capacity to support crucial research applications.

Partnership between APAN and PREGINET was established in January 2004.