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National Knowledge Network
The NKN is a state-of-the-art Pan-India network which will facilitate the development of India’s information infrastructure, stimulate research and create next generation applications and services. NKN project is aimed at establishing a strong and robust internal network which will be capable of providing secure and reliable connectivity. Using NKN, all vibrant institutions with a vision and passion will be able to transcend space and time limitation in accessing information and knowledge and derive the associated benefits for themselves and for the society.
The idea of setting up a National Knowledge Network (NKN) was deliberated and finalised at the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India and the National Knowledge Commission after a collaborative engagement with the key stake holders including experts, potential users, telecom services providers, educational and research institutions.
The NKN comprises of an ultra-high speed CORE (multiples of 10 Gbps), complimented with a distribution layer at appropriate speeds. Participating institutions at the Edge will connect to the National Knowledge Network seamlessly at speeds of 1 Gbps or higher. The network is designed to support Overlay Networks, Dedicated Networks, and Virtual Networks. Advanced applications in areas such as Health, Education, Science & Technology, Grid Computing, Bio informatics, Agriculture, and Governance will be an integral part of NKN. The entire network will seamlessly integrate with the global scientific community at multiple gigabits per second speed.
NKN is highly scalable and offers a great speed coupled with extremely low latencies at affordable cost and backbone with Quality of Service (QoS) and security. More than 900 research institutions, universities are connected through NKN and which can virtually share the knowledge across in India.