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Project Moonshot is a Janet-led initiative, in partnership with the GÉANT project and others, to develop a single unifying technology for extending the benefits of federated identity to a broad range of non-Web services, including Cloud infrastructures, High Performance Computing & Grid infrastructures and other commonly deployed services including mail, file store, remote access and instant messaging. The goal of the technology is to enable the management of access to a broad range of services and applications, using a single technology and infrastructure. This is expected to significantly improve the delivery of these services by providing users with a common single sign-on, for both internal and external services. Service providers will be able to more easily offer their services to users from other organisations using a single common authentication mechanism. This will enhance the user’s experience, and reduce costs for those organisations supporting users, and delivering services to them. This group is for community of Moonshot users, whether you're new to the technology, you're currently evaluating and getting to grips with it, or you've deployed it. For the list of guidance available about Moonshot within this group, see the Start Here wiki page. Jisc Assent, the production service underpinned by the Moonshot technology, went live on 25th March 2015. For information on, or to join the Jisc Assent service, please visit

Networkshop 40

6 September 2013 at 5:06pm
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 12:30
The University of York

Bill Pulford, Head of Data Acquisition and Scientific Computing at Diamond Light Source presented on the Moonshot proof of concept Diamond undertook with Janet.

Abstract: The ultimate objective of the Authentication Workpackage of the European PANData project is the implementation of a system to allow over 30,000 scientific users to have seamless access resources both for experimentation and computing across geographically distributed experimental facilities for X-Rays and Neutrons across Europe. A Shibboleth based authentication system called Umbrella has been adopted for the project but in native mode this really only works for Web based applications; the Janet initiative Moonshot project technology contributes the key complementary functionality to be able to use its Shibboleth tokens to create interactive sessions for Linux, Windows or Macintosh machines and thus enable data acquisition and analysis. The talk reviews how Diamond and Janet have collaborated to perform a feasibility study into the real implementation of the technology.