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The Computer Centre of the University of Zielona Góra

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The Computer Centre of the University of Zielona Góra is an interfaculty unit.  The main task of the Computer Centre (CK UZ) is to operate the University Computer Network (USK UZ) and the Zielona Góra Municipal Area Network (ZMSK ZielMAN), which constitute a frame network in Zielona Góra connecting all University campuses. The Computer Centre consists of three departments and the ZielMAN Network Operation and Management Team. The three Departments are: the Administrators' Department, the Software and Computerization of UZ Management Department and the Multimedia Services Department (The Television of the University of Zielona Góra).   


'The Modernization of the Zielona Góra Municipal Broadband Network  ZielMAN-ZielMAN 2' is a project implemented at the Computer Centre UZ within the Integrated Regional Development Programme (for the years 2004-2006). The modernization of the network consisted in migrating from the ATM technology to the GigabitEthernet technology, implementing a central system of network management and providing open wireless access points to the Internet.


For 10 years the Computer Centre of the University of Zielona Góra has cooperated with 21 academic centres in the framework of the PIONIER Consortium, which was established in November 2003 for the purpose of operating and managing the fibre optic network for science known as POLISH OPTICAL INTERNET - PIONIER. Therefore for the last 10 years in Zielona Góra there has been a node of the PIONIER network, which is connected optically to the nodes in Poznań, Gubin and Wrocław. Thanks to this investment the region's scientific community enjoys access to the Internet with the bandwidth of 2x1Gb/s. In order to offer Internet services to users from outside the scientific community, a virtual channel was set up to the telecommunications operator LEVEL 3.


In 2004 in response to the growing demand for free access to the Internet, the Computer Centre employees designed and deployed a system of wireless access points at the University. In the academic year 2006/2007 the hotspot system was expanded with an additional EduRoam service. EduRoam (Eng. Education Roaming) is an international initiative aimed at ensuring a secure wireless access to the Internet with the use of the 802.1x  standard for port-based network access control. It is a system which operates in many European countries and which is designed to provide uniform access to the Internet at educational institutions. At present the Zielona Góra Municipal Area Network ZielMAN consists of 32 nodes, 19 of which were located on the campuses and in the buildings of the University of Zielona Góra. Thanks to the use of own and leased optical fibre cables, in some locations the nodes have been connected in a way that ensures redundancy and the possibility of continuous operation in case of failure of one of the fibre optic cable routes.


The University of Zielona Góra through its Computer Centre manages a 110 km-plus fibre optic network in Zielona Góra, Sulechów and Nowa Sól, including more than 56.5 km of own fibre optic lines and leasing the remaining ones. The ZielMAN network in Zielona Góra and the municipal networks in Sulechów (SulMAN) and Nowa Sól (SolMAN) are property of the University of Zielona Góra. The network infrastructure of ZielMAN, SulMAN and SolMAN constitutes the so-called Lubuskie Tricity Computer Network and was built from hardware and software of leading networking equipment manufacturers such as Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. That allows for the implementation of many advanced functionalities as well as security and reliability mechanisms.


In the years 2007 - 2013 the Computer Centre of the University of Zielona Góra realized two EU projects related to innovative economy. The project 'PLATON - Science Services Platform - Stage 1: Shared Services Container' was aimed at expanding the domestic scientific ICT infrastructure (the PIONIER network) with applications and services that support scientific research and development projects performed by Polish research teams under the Innovative Economy program. The direct objective of the project was to deploy state-of-the-art ICT services for the Polish scientific environment: videoconferences, EduRoam, campus solutions, universal archiving, and interactive scientific TV.  


The other project 'The Extension of 21 Local Teleinformatic Scientfic Networks - NewMAN' intended to choose, purchase and launch modern network equipment working within the existing municipal MAN infrastructure, including the Zielona Góra Municipal Area Network ZielMAN. The completion of the project made it possible to increase the bandwidth of the MAN and put together dynamic virtual connections and dedicated channels on demand used by universities and scientific institutions to realize a variety of national and international projects. Using modern technology further integrated the connections between research teams working in various fields of science. Within the framework of the project a new 10-Gigabit Ethernet computer network was launched in Zielona Góra making use of the already existing fibre optic connections of the Zielona Góra Municipal Area Network ZielMAN and the newly-built connection from Campus A of the University of Zielona Góra to the Science and Technology Park in Nowy Kisielin.

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