Pakistan Education and Research Network, a project of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, has signed a Document of Understanding (DoU) with the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) South Korea, to help establish collaborative research between universities of Pakistan with Networked Computing System Laboratory of GIST. The research project “Open Flow enabled Software Defined Networks” is sponsored by TransEurasia Information Network (TEIN) under their e-TEIN initiative through National Information Society Agency. PERN, being a member of TEIN community, will collaborate with GIST on advanced research in the field of Communication Networks. PERN and GIST have agreed that selected universities in Pakistan doing research in the field of “Software Defined Networks” will collaborate with GIST.
However, GIST will provide technical expertise to setup required equipment “SmartX Rack” and necessary training materials to the university engineers and researchers, whereas PERN will provide space at the Higher Education National Data Centre for installation of equipment at the core of its network. Expert engineers from GIST will visit PERN HEC during first week of January 2014 and deploy equipment with the support of PERN engineers in Islamabad. The equipment installed will be transferred to PERN with ownership after two years for further research in this field. The initiative is expected to help potential researchers at universities to take part in research activities of advanced level while removing geographical limitations. Pakistan is the first South Asian country which has joined OF@TEIN project thus taking lead again in the field of collaborative research.