In the summer of 2023, our artistic-technical project series "aaron's law" offers a puppet station theater in Vienna, workshops and presentations in Graz, and an exhibition at Schloss Wolkersdorf. The program will be extended continuously.


Like all our Annual Reports, the latest issue is freely available as a PDF. We will gladly send printed copies free of charge upon request.


The ACOnet/VIX team has a vacancy for an IT Developer. You can find all the details in the Job Center of the University of Vienna.


The 20th ArgeStorage Meeting will be held at GmbH in Vienna from 12-13 June 2023.


The supercomputing conference "Austrian-Slovenian HPC Meeting 2023" (ASHPC23) will take place from 13-15 June 2023 in Maribor/Slovenia.


GÉANT's "The Networking Conference" (TNC) is the largest annual Research & Education networking conference in Europe. TNC23 will take place in Tirana/Albania from 5-9 June 2023.


Our net:art coordination center has a new website! In addition to a fresh look & feel and completely revised content, it also offers the latest information on the project series "aaron's law", which will accompany us throughout 2023.


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.

ACOnet and COVID-19:

The ACOnet team is working from the home office again since 19 November 2021. Our availability has not changed, however. You can reach us Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 17:00, CEST; preferably by e-mail but also by phone (see contact information). In the case of an emergency you may also call us outside our office hours and leave a message. If necessary, we will call back swiftly.

2023: We celebrate Aaron Swartz!

Photo: 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, which also serves as an information platform for the project series.

The program of "aaron's law" will be continuously updated - stay tuned! If you would like to help shape this impulse project, please contact us. We look forward to your contribution!

ACOnet Annual Report 2022

Our Annual Report 2022 offers an overview (in German) of infrastructural improvements and new services, reviews of last year's events, and informative guest contributions on projects of ACOnet participants. We wish you an interesting read! 

Some topics:

  • Ein Backbone im Wandel
  • net:art coordination center: Virtuelle Kunstwelten und Realitäten verhandeln
  • Austrian DataLAB and Services: Brücke zwischen Cloud und HPC
  • Gemeinsam danken, arbeiten und ausprobieren -
  • - Semantische Big-Data-Analysen von Satellitendaten in der Cloud


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).