RIPE NCC Experts Introducing Internet Fundamentals and Data Analytics
On February 6, RIPE NCC experts Christian Teuschel, System Architect, Vahan Hovsepyan, External Relations Officer for Central Asia and the Caucasus, Alex Semenyaka, External Relations Officer for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Gabriel Ajabahian, Senior Software Engineer, conducted a workshop Internet Fundamentals and Data Analytics for RAU students in IT to provide them with a better understanding of the Internet and its operation.
As Christian Teuschel mentioned, the workshop had been developed with the aim to get students and everyone interested in the field up to speed with how the Internet works and is governed, as well as to discuss today’s Data Science-related projects in the context of the Internet.
During the first part of the workshop, the speakers introduced the basic technical fundamentals that allow the Internet to operate. Having started with the very basics, they moved to more complicated matters and illustrated the ways computer networks work, presented the types of protocols and the features that make the networks fast and reliable, including TCP/IP networks, Domain Name Systems (DNS), the role of an RIR and the Internet of Things.
“We are witnessing a dramatic change in the industries: in comparison with the last century, today the richest people on the planet are from the Internet sector”, Christian Teuschel emphasized how the advances in IT are changing the industries.
Coming to the recent issues and developments in the field, they mentioned that given the rapid growth of the proportion of world’s Internet users, the Internet community is facing a need to switch to a more recent version of the Internet Protocol - IPv6 - that has the capacity to meet the need to provide computer identification and location system for a significantly larger number of addresses. Armenia, as well as the other states in the region, is still on its way to make the transition to the new protocol. In that context, the experts highlighted that the technological gap between the Western Internet communities and post-Soviet states would be hopefully bridged by the efforts of the younger generation.
Another important topic that they touched upon was the technical relevance of the Internet of Things - a network of devices, vehicles, home appliances and other items embedded with electronics, software and sensors, which enable these objects to connect and exchange data, “The Internet is present not only in your smartphone or laptop, it is incorporated in many other devices surrounding you and has the potential to be put to good use, for example you can place special sensors in forests and detect a wildfire when it is just starting, instead of having to pull vast resources to deal with the consequences”.
The second part was tailored towards a more practical approach, the experts presented the building blocks a data scientist needs to know regarding the Internet and elaborated on future applications of these data sets.
The workshop also included an interactive session, during which the students offered their ideas on how the newest Internet technologies are changing our daily lives. The students who have given the most insightful answers were awarded with prizes.
The students also had the chance to get hear about the latest trends in the Armenian high-tech industry from local senior experts Gor Poghosyan, Senior Network Administrator, Arpinet LLC, Avetik Yesayan, RIPE NCC Fellow, IoT expert and Kristina Hakobyan, RIPE NCC Fellow.
The workshop Internet Fundamentals and Data Analytics was organized within the RIPE NCC academic initiative project.
Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, RIPE NCC, Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre is among world’s five Regional Internet Registries (RIR), covering Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Central Asia.