Welcome to ACOnet!
ACOnet is the Austrian National Research and Education Network (NREN) for science, research, education, and culture. It is operated by the Vienna University Computer Center, in co-operation with other universities in Austria.
ACOnet provides a nation-wide fibre optic backbone with high-performance access to international academic networks via GÉANT, as well as to the Internet. Furthermore, ACOnet offers its members various target-group-specific services to support research projects and communities.
2023: We celebrate Aaron Swartz!
Our ongoing artistic-technical project series "aaron's law" is dedicated to Aaron Swartz, the American Internet activist for open and free access to knowledge (* 8 November 1986 in Chicago, † 11 January 2013 in New York City).
Together with our partners, we organize events throughout the year that deal with Aaron's technical developments (e.g. Open Library, Creative Commons, Open Source technologies), his thoughts on ethics in technology and, above all, their impact on the here and now.
The starting signal on 11 January 2023 - the 10th anniversary of Aaron's death - is the relaunch of the website www.netart.cc, which also serves as an information platform for the project series.
RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI)
RACI invites students and researchers to present their Internet-related research at RIPE meetings as well as MENOG, CAPIF, SEE meetings and RIPE NCC Days. Successful applicants receive complimentary tickets, travel and accommodation to the meetings. If you are working on something interesting, please apply! Application deadlines for the upcoming meetings are 29 January resp. 9 March 2023.
Data traffic via GÉANT Peering Service now "unlimited"
Since 28 September 2022, we also classify data packets from the GÉANT Peering Service as noncommercial data traffic, further improving the price/performance ratio for ACOnet participating organizations:
As a result of this change, most hyperscaler cloud traffic is now also in the unlimited traffic class, and the contractually subscribed ACOnet bandwidth only applies to traffic obtained via commercial transit routes (Hurricane Electric, next layer).