RedIRIS is the Spanish academic and research network that provides advanced communication services to the scientific community and national universities. It is funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness and is included in the Ministry's map of Special Scientific and Technological Facilities (ICTS). It is managed by the Public Corporate Entity Red.es, which reports to the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda.
RedIRIS' participation in R&D&I projects enables validation of new technologies, adaptation of these to user community needs, support for specific activities carried out by research groups and, overall, accumulation of knowledge to improve the Spanish academic network. RedIRIS currently participates in the following projects: FI-Core (final development phase of the FIWARE platform for Internet services of the future: Smart cities, Internet of Things, etc.), GN3plus (pan-European academic communications network and ICT services for scientific collaboration), EUMEDCONNECT3 (development of academic communications networks in the Mediterranean basin). In addition to the projects in which it is still participating, RedIRIS has recently collaborated on other important projects such as: XIFI (distributed testing environment for testing applications for the FIWARE platform), EGI-InSPIRE (European benchmark project on distributed computing for e-science), ELCIRA (implementation of certain ICT services of European academic networks in Latin America), EUDAT (European benchmark project to develop a collaborative data infrastructure model), FI-WARE (development of the FIWARE platform for Internet services of the future: Smart cities, Internet of Things, etc.), PASITO (platform for experiments on our services and Internet protocols).
RedIRIS has over 500 affiliated institutions, mainly universities and public research centres, which join this community by signing an affiliation agreement. RedIRIS-NOVA is RedIRIS's high-capacity optical network, which connects the regional networks of all the autonomous communities and the main research centers in Spain with the rest of international academic networks and in particular the Portuguese academic and research networks FCCN and The European research network GÉANT. The fiber optic allows to easily deploy 10G or 40G circuits and soon 100G, for a much lower cost than the network model based on rent capacity. Popularly this fiber optic is known as dark fiber.
RedIRIS-NOVA connects more than 50 points of presence to each other, composing a mesh network on which RedIRIS IP Network Network and the regional networks are deployed to allow collaboration between researchers and the deployment of state-of-the-art services.
The project is financed by the State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, co-financed by the Operational Program Knowledge Society FEDER 2007-2013 (POEC) of the Ministry of Telecommunications and for the Society of the Information, and executed by the Corporate Public Entity red.es, agency in charge of the operational management of RedIRIS.