During the NATO Advanced Networking Workshop dealing with Research Networking in Central and East Europe held in Budapest in October 93, Jean-Marie Cadiou, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Environmental and Scientific Affairs, suggested the idea of holding a similar Advanced Workshop focusing on Russia and nearby Cooperating Partner states. He invited me and Academician Spartak Timofeevich Belyaev, President of Russia's RELARN Association, to co-chair the Moscow Workshop. Academician Belyaev and I met with the Workshop Organizing Committee (Tomaz Kalin, Secretary-General of RARE; Peter Bakonyi, Treasurer of RARE; Rob Blokzijl, Chair of RIPE; Zurab Yakobashvili, Vice-Minister of Science and Technology Policy) and NATO Computer Networking Programme Director, Dr. Jean-Paul Nadreau and Dr. Cadiou in Brussels in February to plan the objectives, approach, content and people to be invited, and then in Moscow in April to plan logistics for the Workshop.
The objectives of the Workshop, as originally defined at the Organizing Committee meeting in Brussels, were to:
Our collective concept for the format of the Workshop evolved from a semi-formal review of the area's networking status and technology to a more informal meeting designed to facilitate interpersonal exchanges among the participants and to cultivate opportunities for cooperation among a heterogeneous mix of networking organizations. (The Workshop Agenda is provided on the following pages). This evolution was influenced by a review of the tentative program by Prof. Rolf Nordhagen of the University of Oslo, a member of NATO's Advisory Panel on Computer Networking (Priority Area Number 5) who had been instrumental in encouraging cooperative efforts in Baltic networking. The meeting venue at the Golytsino Training Center in the suburbs of Moscow supported informal interactions by providing many small and comfortable lounge areas, walking paths, and small meeting rooms as well as group dining, recreational and banquet facilities. It was an ideal place to hold this Workshop.
With a total attendance of almost 100 invited participants, including about 20 from the West, 3 from Belarus, 6 from Ukraine, 1 from Moldova, 2 from Georgia, 3 from Uzbekistan, 2 from Kazakhstan, and 3 from Kyrgyzstan, the three-day Workshop began on September 29th at Golytsino. At an opening session of the Workshop, I qualified the objectives by noting that words (what we say) may be different from deeds( what we actually do); that in the end, what we do is more important than what we say, but that words can inspire deeds and can act as guideposts as people chart their courses of action. Closing with "At this Workshop, we only make the words," I hoped to invite participants to focus on significant, realistic accomplishments that could serve as a reference for future action. An evening of breakout sessions was organized on the second day to discuss means for achieving the Workshop objectives. There were three sessions for: Russia, nearby states, and the West, though participants were free to visit more than one of the breakout sessions. The conclusions reached at the three breakout sessions were summarized at the final day of the Workshop. We have since heard of at least one independently-organized meeting in Moscow that might be considered a follow-on to the Workshop, and we have heard that participants from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine as well as from Western countries are consulting each other and seeking opportunities for cooperative efforts.
In that regard, we hope that our NATO sponsors will consider this Workshop to have lived up to their initial expectations. But only time will tell how well the cooperative spirit engendered at Golitsyno will have taken hold among the networking communities that serve Russia and nearby states.
Academician Belyaev and I are indebted to NATO Assistant Secretary General Cadiou and Dr. Jean-Paul Nadreau for the opportunity to provide the Workshop for the benefit of the global research and academic communities that are interested in the closer ties with Russia and nearby states that computer networking makes possible. On behalf of NATO and the Organizing Committee of the Workshop, we thank the Ministry of Science and Technology Policy of the Russian Federation for their support and cooperation as formal hosts of the Workshop. Dr. Aleksandra Vladimirovna Belyaeva, Director, International Laboratory VEGA (Moscow) and her staff provided the crucial local planning and logistical support upon which any success we might claim was dependent. VEGA also produced these Proceedings. Ms. Melissa L. Stone, Executive Director and her staff of Kompass Resources International of Washington, D.C. and Moscow, provided all travel arrangements and administrative support throughout (assisted by Ms. Nadya Pobedina in Moscow, consultant, who managed travel arrangements for participants from Russia and nearby states). Finally, Professor Michael Cole, Communication Department and Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, University of California, La Jolla, California, and a long-time co-investigator with Dr. Belyaeva, graciously agreed to act as the Treasurer of the funds. We all thank Prof. Cole for his responsiveness in wiring money to the right people at the right time.
With hopes that our NATO sponsors and the organizers of the ground-breaking Budapest Workshop will not find the Moscow Workshop wanting as regards either content or achievement, Academician Belyaev and I look to the future and wish Dr. Rob Blokzijl, Chair of RIPE, and Dr. Abdikappar Ashimov, Director of Institute of Informatics and Control Problems of Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences, the very best of successes in the third NATO Advanced Networking Workshop to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan in October,1995.
Steven N. Goldstein
National Science Foundation
Washington, D.C., USA
November 26, 1995
Material of this Proceeding are different in style. There are reports presented by authors; text organized from transparencies showed; text reconstruct from audiotapes. A few reports unfortunately were not possible to reproduce. VEGA's staff editors have made a `best-effort' to reproduce recorded dialogue for the benefit of readers, since a lot of the important matters took place in these informal discussions. However, in the interest of making the material available quickly, the co-chairs decided to print the Proceedings with the dialogue in "semi-raw" form without submitting the informal remarks to further editing or verification by the individual speakers. The Workshop organizers take responsibility for any errors of transcription or mis-interpretation.