Network of Excellence in Distributed and Dependable Computing Systems
IST Contract No. IST-2000-25088

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An Overview of CaberNet

CaberNet co-ordinates top-ranking European research in distributed and dependable computing systems architectures. Distributed and dependable computing systems are fundamental to the successful development of the Information Society. Large distributed network infrastructures such as the Internet are vital for citizens to benefit from services such as the global market place, education and information, while preserving their rights to freedom of expression, privacy, intellectual property etc. But this development depends mostly on how much users will trust the services offered to them. It is therefore essential to make these systems dependable. Further details can be found here.

Member Nodes

There are 60 members (known as nodes) of CaberNet.  Of the 60 members, twelve are managing nodes, the remainder are associate nodes. The managing nodes are responsible for co-ordinating and administering the activities of the network. Six of the members are industrial companies active in long-term distributed system research.

The CaberNet Committees

All policy decisions relating to the Network and its overall conduct are the responsibility of the CaberNet Executive Board, which consists of a senior representative from each managing node, a representative of associate node interests, and an ex officio representative of the European Commission. The Executive Board is assisted by separate committees responsible for Research Co-ordination and Training, Links to Industry and Information Services. Chairs of the CaberNet committees are co-opted members of the Executive Board.


CaberNet offered two types of membership - as an associate node, or as an industrial affiliate. Membership was open to any European academic or industrial research group working at an appropriate level in the area of distributed computing systems architectures which subscribed to the aims of the Network, and wished to participate in the coordination of research and, where appropriate, training activities. As an alternative to full membership, less research-oriented groups from industry were able to jon as Industrial Affiliates. Membership was subject to the approval of the Executive Board.