CSC and ROIS agree on greater cooperation in data-intensive computing

CSC – IT Center for Science (CSC) and the Japanese Research Organisation of Information Systems (ROIS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in Tokyo on 25 February 2015.

The Memorandum of Understanding seeks to step up cooperation, especially in data-intensive computing such as data analysis and big data applications. Cooperation can also be expanded to international research infrastructures when both parties are involved.

One possible example is the EISCAT_3D project, in which both Japan and Finland are participating. The EISCAT_3D project aims to build next-generation incoherent scatter radar infrastructure for the study of upper atmosphere. The radar stations will be located near the Arctic at the northernmost parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway. The new radars will produce hugely larger amounts of measurement data than current systems, and the transfer, storage and processing of this data will require state-of-the-art IT infrastructure.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed during an international workshop in Tokyo. The ROIS Workshop on Data Centric Science dealt with issues such as data-intensive science and electronic infrastructures. In addition to CSC and ROIS, presentations were given by Imperial College (London), University College of London and other institutions.

Caption: The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by President Genshiro Kitagawa (ROIS) and Managing Director Kimmo Koski (CSC). Also shown in the photo are Assistant to the President Dr. Kunihiko Niwa, who prepared the project, and Director General of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics Dr. Tomoyuki Higuchi. Copyright: Research Organization of Information and Systems, Japan

For additional information, contact:
Kimmo Koski
Managing Director, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd.

About CSC - IT Center for Science
CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd. is a non-profit, state-owned company administered by the Ministry of Education and Culture. CSC maintains and develops the state-owned centralised IT infrastructure and uses it to provide nationwide IT services for research, libraries, archives, museums and culture as well as information, education and research management.  

ROIS - Research Organization of Information and Systems
ROIS is a parent organization of four national institutes (the National Institute of Polar Research, the National Institute of Informatics, the Institute of Statistical Mathematics and the National Institute of Genetics) and two centers (the Transdisciplinary Research Integration Center and the Database Center for Life Science). It is our mission to promote integrated, cutting-edge research that goes beyond the barriers of these institutions, in addition to facilitating their research activities, as members of inter-university research institutes.