The Singapore-ETH Centre was established in 2010 by ETH Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF), as part of the NRF’s CREATE campus. As ETH Zurich’s only research centre outside of Switzerland, the centre has strengthened the research capacity of ETH Zurich to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges in Switzerland, Singapore and the surrounding regions.

As part of the SCI-ED project, we have established a native SCION connection between Zurich and Singapore. An exciting aspect of this deployment is that the communication between SEC and the ETH domain entities in Switzerland are completely independent of BGP, thus providing connectivity even during times of a BGP outage.

With this setup, communications from SEC to other ETH domain entities are now protected by SCION. Thanks to the deployment of the SCION-IP Gateway (SIG), the SCION-based communication is transparent to entities at SEC, in particular, no upgrade to the host’s software stacks was required.

This deployment opens new opportunities. For instance, SEC researchers can now use the SCION infrastructure also to conduct research on survivable and resilient Internet communication.