It's Sunday, two days prior to the EGI Technical Forum 2010 kick off and people from the BiG Grid NGI and EGI Project Office join together for the build up of the conference.
All the equipment is transported from Nikhef to de Beurs van Berlage, unpacked and installed. Especially the network will take up most of the time. In preparation to the build up itself, the Beurs van Berlage needed to be equipped with fiber. This was delivered last week. This should provide us with a decent uplink to the internet for both the wired and wirelessly connected device.
The Beurs van Berlage is an old building of a past century. It doesn't have a high-end network infrastructure which would fit our needs. Somehow all the (secured) connections for email, web and remote command-line shells add up to quite some bandwidth utilization during similar conferences.
We've got one day to install a few kilometers of fiber optic cable, lots and lots of copper network cable and (ab)use a kilometer of gaffa-tape to securely fasten everything. Then we need to connect all the wiring to the 19" cabinet stacked with high-end network equipment in the "Grote Zaal". We even installed a video conferencing setup and VoIP phones. In some cases we had to be creative during the installation of all the cabling. Especially when the fibers are to move great distances through the basement or need to go up two floors to reach their designated switches.
We should be able to provide an excellent network infrastructure experience for all the delegates in spirit of the EGI's sustainable infrastructure goals. After all, having an excellent infrastructure without a headache getting your laptop online leaves you with more time to spend on social networking with all the other participants of the EGI TF 2010.