Finland launches its national Forum for the European Open Science Cloud

Finland's Ministry for Education and Culture, Academy of Finland, the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and CSC on Monday 25 January 2021 launched the country's forum for the European Open Science Cloud: the EOSC Finnish Forum (EOSC-FF).

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Digital Preservation Service for Research Data

Digital Preservation Service (DPS) for research data is available for all bodies under the Ministry of Education and Culture. Digital preservation means maintaining the usability and understandability of digital information over the course of decades.

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Topological superconductor – new building block for qubits

A team of theoretical and experimental physicists at Aalto University and Tampere University have designed a new ultra-thin material that they have used to create elusive quantum states. Called one-dimensional Majorana zero energy modes, these quantum states could have a huge impact for quantum computing.

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Summary of Allas service outage

As part of our principle of transparency, we publish a summary of the outage of the data management system Allas, the restoration of operations, and development work to prevent the future problems.

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Structural biology, biochemistry and molecular simulations of mitochondrial complex I – a key role of accessory protein in biological energy conversion

By combining the power of structural biology, biochemistry and multiscale molecular simulations, researchers from Germany and Finland found a key role of an accessory subunit in energy production by respiratory complex I, a central bioenergetic enzyme.

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User experience: Excellent!

The new CSC supercomputer Mahti was inaugurated into researchers' use at a virtual seminar on 7 October. At the event, six Mahti Pilot Users shared their initial experiences of the computer.

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The EISCAT 3D radar system to revolutionize atmospheric research

The new EISCAT 3D radar system will provide three-dimensional images of northern lights. The project is coordinated by the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory of the University of Oulu. CSC is actively involved in the project.

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Sharing enables screening 16 million structures in 7 minutes

In silico research is integral in drug discovery. Schrödinger has developed a new algorithm which can exploit a GPU to perform significantly faster screening. Sharing a preprocessed molecular library file in Puhti disk reduces screening wall clock time from weeks to minutes.

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High-Performance Digitisation - giving a boost to the description of digital data

In the High-Performance Digitisation project, CSC, the National Archives and the National Library of Finland are jointly tackling the challenge of artificial intelligence and data processing. The purpose of the project is to create a service for memory organizations facilitating the processing of data: absence or inadequacy of metadata and poor search functions make digital material more difficult to use.

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New detector breakthrough pushes boundaries of quantum computing

Physicists at Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a new detector for measuring energy quanta at unprecedented resolution. This discovery could help bring quantum computing out of the laboratory and into real-world applications.

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DeepFin: State-of-the-art natural language processing for Finnish

A major challenge in implementing the BERT method for a variety of languages has been the sheer volume of text input and computational power required to train the model properly. The BERT method was implemented for Finnish in DeepFin, one of CSC's 2019 Grand Challenge pilot projects.

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Structural biology guiding development of new SARS-Cov2 therapies

Ville Paavilainen at the University of Helsinki is researching a small molecule inhibitor that may prove useful in blocking SARS-CoV2 virus from replicating and thereby preventing the COVID-19 disease.

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Visualization speaks more than a thousand numerals

Calculations and measurements produce numbers. People have evolved to interpret things they sense in their surroundings, not series of numbers. The brain is at its most accurate when analyzing images, so it is natural to visualize the research results into images

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Revealing the functional mechanism of the main protease of SARS-CoV-2

Ilpo Vattulainen's group is using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and machine learning techniques to unveil the mechanism of action of the main protease (mPro) of the SARS-COV-2 virus.

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Seeking to understand language by learning from translations

MultiMT, one of CSC's Puhti supercomputer pilot projects, uses deep learning and neural machine translation to discover meaning that is not dependent on any single language.

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The aftermath of the LUMI end user webinar

CSC organized a webinar for LUMI supercomputer's end users. The webinar included presentations and the audience had a chance to ask questions related to LUMI.

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Kvasi — CSC acquires quantum computing simulator

The selection of services at CSC is soon augmented by a quantum computing simulator, capable of simulating algorithms for quantum computers of up to 30 qubits. The quantum simulator gives the Finnish science and research community the means to prepare for the upcoming era of quantum computing.

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Using computer simulations in search of drugs against SARS-CoV-2

The researchers are searching areas on the surface of the new corona virus S-protein to which the drug could bind while preventing the virus from binding the ACE2 protein on the surface of human cells. The computing capacity reserved by CSC for research against the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated the progress of the research.

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CSC offered resources in a virtual Biohackathon helping to develop new tools for COVID-19 analysis

More than 20 different projects and over 500 scientists, software developers and clinicians met in the online event from 5 to 11 April with a goal to improve the accessibility of COVID-19 data, protocols, analysis pipelines and provide dedicated compute resources to execute demanding data analysis tasks.

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LUMI provides new opportunities for artificial intelligence research

Researcher Kimmo Kartasalo from Tampere University is very familiar with the requirements of artificial intelligence applications. Kartasalo believes that LUMI supercomputer and its huge computing capacity will open up a lot of different research opportunities, for example, in research utilizing AI.

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