The Center for Resilient Networks and Applications
The research in Communication Systems at Simula Research Laboratory is done through the Center for Resilient Networks and Applications. The Center is a response to modern society’s massive and increasing dependability on applications running on top of the Internet, as well as to recent events where outages have had serious societal consequences.
CRNA works on the robustness and security of ICT infrastructures, by which we mean that applications should continue to function at the best possible level of quality and security, even in the presence of technical failures, unplanned excessive load, design and implementation flaws in specific components, human error and malicious intent.
The Center receives base funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications. The Ministry has given the Center specific responsibilities through a mandate that includes publishing an annual report on the state of the Norwegian telecommunications infrastructure.
Research units in CRNA
There is a tight integration between CRNA and Simula@UiB. Whereas CRNA concentrates on safety aspects of digital infrastructures, Simula@UiB has deep expertise in security.
The projects under the research area of Communication Systems at Simula are engaged in the research and development of resilient communication networks, network and media resource utilisation and performance challenges, and the efficiency and robustness of large computer installations such as cloud installations. The goal is to increase the robustness of our infrastructure, as an increasing number of applications have dependencies that extend into the national commercial network infrastructure, and into cloud-based technical solutions.
A subsidiary of Simula Research Laboratory, Simula@UiB works on preventing and mitigating the effects of hostile and targeted attacks. Their expertise include cryptography, information theory, and computer security.
Mandate for CRNA
The Center will undertake long-term research and innovation at a high international level, on robustness and reliability of communications networks and applications. The Center will educate experts on the doctoral and magisterial levels in cooperation with universities and university colleges.
Furthermore, the Center will have responsibility for maintaining and running a research infrastructure for measuring the Norwegian telecommunications network. This research infrastructure will be made available for research groups at universities and university colleges. The Center wishes to provide measurement and monitoring services for regions, municipalities, industry and public enterprises in Norway. The Center will produce an annual report on the state of the Norwegian communications infrastructure to the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority.
The Center's ambition will be to be the nationally leading research institution within research on reliable ICT infrastructures, and collaborate with other research institutions that have expertise that will not be naturally covered by the Center. It will be expected that the Center collects additional funding from sources such as the Norwegian Research Council. EU research programmes, industry and relevant parts of the public administration.
The Center is part of Simula Research Laboratory's organisational structure. CRNA will perform annual management and dialogue meetings with the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communication and the Norwegian Post and Telecommuncations Authority. The work performed at the Center will be evaluated by the Research Council every five years. The criteria for evaluation will be related to scientific quality and relevance to society. The annual budgets for the Center are dependent on grants from the state budget and will be considered on the background of the evaluation results.