Author: Roderick Mooi

MeerKAT 64-dish telescope launched!

With never before seen images of the centre of the milky way.

“The South African Science fraternity reached another milestone with the official launch of the MeerKAT 64-dish radio telescope on Friday (13/07) in Carnarvon.This image shows a wealth of never before seen features and a clearer view of previously known supernova remnants star-forming regions and radio filaments. It shows the clearest view yet of the central regions of our galaxy.” See: Centre of the Milky Way more visible

Well done team MeerKAT!

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MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated in South Africa – reveals clearest view yet of centre of the Milky Way

New, mesmerising drone footage shows just how big SA’s new R4 billion radio telescope is


SANReN presents “Moving more data, faster (yours!) – the science DMZ as enabler”

At the Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) National Research Data Workshop 2018, 45 delegates were educated in the latest practices for transferring large scientific/research datasets. These include: the science DMZ network design pattern, data transfer nodes (DTNs), perfSONAR for measurement and monitoring as well as specialised data transfer tools. The presentation was made by Kasandra Pillay, who also gave an overview of SANReN’s data transfer service pilot and DTN deployment to delegates as possible users of the service.

Presentation: Moving more data faster (pdf)

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A model for security incident response in the South African National Research and Education network

This dissertation addresses the problem of a lack of a formal incident response capability in the South African National Research and Education Network (SA NREN). The model highlights the decisions required for the business requirements, services, team model and staff, policies and processes, tools and technologies, and partners of a CSIRT respectively. Implementing this model will result in a prepared, improved and coordinated response to IT security incidents affecting the SA NREN.

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2015 SA NREN CSIRT Workshop

In light of the evolving information security threat to the higher education and research community, SANReN and TENET invited CIOs and IT Directors from universities and science councils in South Africa to participate in a two-day facilitated workshop to explore the establishment of a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) for the South African NREN. This workshop was held from 26-27 May at Kopanong and included nearly 60 participants from 13 universities and 4 science councils served by the NREN.

The attendees indicated that the risks were real, the timing was right and an overwhelming majority supported the establishment of a basic NREN CSIRT capability. The workshop therefore concluded with an unanimous decision to put forward a business case to institutional decision makers for conditional approval of funding for the activity. Watch this site for future updates and see the services page for more CSIRT information.