The Information Technology (IT) Cell was
created in the Institute. The roll of the IT cell is to
provide/maintain network (LAN and WAN) facilities and to
strengthen the computer activities with latest
facilities in the Institute by procuring the necessary
Hardware and Software. The cell is also responsible for
arranging training to the Officers/Scientists/Staff
members of the Institute whenever it is required.
Following facilities are being provided by the IT cell.
IFB has established Local Area Network (LAN)
at its campus. A high speed 100mbps Switched Ethernet
fibre backbone is used. The LAN at the Institute is
distributed in admin and laboratory buildings with one
fibre optic backbone. Switch is connected to the router.
The UTP Enhanced CAT-5 cable connects the nodes to the
working switches and hubs. There are around 50 nodes
spread all over the campus.
A virtual private network (VPN) at IFB campus
is currently being provided by ICFRE through Bharath
Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) as an Internet Service
Provider (ISP). The bandwidth currently available is 2 mpbs. The Web Site of the Institute, globally accessible
on http://ifb.icfre.gov.in is developed, hosted and
maintained by the IT Cell.
A virtual private network (VPN) is a computer
network in which some of the links between nodes are
carried by open connections or virtual circuits in some
larger network. The link-layer protocols of the virtual
network are said to be tunneled through the larger
network when this is the case. One common application is
secure communications through the public Internet, but a
VPN need not have explicit security features, such as
authentication or content encryption. A VPN may have
best-effort performance, or may have a defined service
level agreement (SLA) between the VPN customer and the
VPN service provider. Generally, a VPN has a topology
more complex than point-to-point. The distinguishing
characteristics of VPNs are not security or performance,
but that they overlay other networks to provide a
certain functionality that is meaningful to a user
Though each division/section is well equipped
with computers and printers wherein all the
officers/scientists/office staff have been provided a
computer and printer, there are several general
facilities which are being provided by the IT cell.
These are described below.
Colour Laser Printing
Small Data Backup through External/Internal
The cell is also responsible for conducting
training on computer applications from time to time to
enhance the computer skills of officers and office staff
of the Institute.