CSC for sustainable development

When it comes to sustainability, CSC has four main themes: CSC's climate actions, prospering customers, ethical business, and empowered employees. With them in mind, we strive for our part to guide global development in the direction of maintaining the carrying capacity of nature while prosperity and economic activity increase.

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Destination Earth and digital twins – a European opportunity for HPC

Heatwaves, deadly floods, and wildfires are some examples of extreme weather climate change is affecting. Imagine an information system that would help our societies deal with natural hazards, protect our societies from extreme weather and adapt to climate change. Destination Earth is an answer to this need.

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PRACE Autumn School familiarised international students and postdoctoral researchers with modern GPU-accelerated supercomputers

The PRACE Autumn School 2021 brought together undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers in different disciplines. One of the highlights of the school was the visit to CSC’s data center in Kajaani, the home of one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world: LUMI. It was a unique opportunity for the participants to familiarise themselves with the cutting-edge data infrastructure in the field of HPC.

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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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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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Computational power and support helping Finnish companies to conquer the world

Speechly, a Finnish company specializing in speech interfaces, has developed a new type of technology for understanding real-time spoken language. With CSC’s Puhti supercomputer and Business Finland’s AI Business program, Speechly was able to further improve its speech recognition technology.

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Deep dive into the building of the LUMI data center

The data center for LUMI at Renforsin Ranta business park in Kajaani, Finland, has undergone a complete transformation from an empty former paper mill hall to one of the world’s most ecological data centers, and will soon be ready to welcome LUMI.

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Over 300 researchers engaged in the EOSC co-design activities: the EOSC Future User Group

The EOSC Future User Group consists of 300 enthusiastic researchers and active players in research or in research support from over 30 European Union Member States and Associated Countries.

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On nuclear waste disposal, computationally

CSC and Posiva Ltd have collaborated to study the permafrost-evolution scenario in the future in Olkiluoto area, where the world's first nuclear waste disposal site is currently being mined. CSC offered to Posiva Puhti supercomputer’s computation capacity and Elmer software and gave consulting services to CoSci LLC, a US-based company working for Posiva.

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ELIXIR: providing a sustainable infrastructure for life science data for all life science projects at European scale

ELIXIR, the European infrastructure for life science data, has worked to bring Europe’s national centers and core bioinformatics resources into a single, coordinated infrastructure. The ELIXIR Node in Finland is hosted at CSC - IT Center for Science.

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Kasvava Avointen oppimateriaalien kirjasto

Erilaiset digitaaliset opetusvälineet ja -materiaalit ovat olleet opetuksen ja oppimisen arkea jo pitkään. Viimeistään vuoden 2020 maaliskuu osoitti, miten tärkeässä osassa esimerkiksi digitaaliset oppimateriaalit opetuksessa ovat.

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Gold nanoclusters for cancer nanomedicine

Gold nanoclusters can deliver drugs precisely to cancer cells without damaging healthy tissues. Using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, researchers at the University of Jyväskylä Nanoscience Centre showed that the ratio of cancer-sensing and drug molecules is a critical parameter in optimizing the properties of gold clusters to maximize the probability of cluster adhesion to the surface of cancer cells.

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High-Performance Computing yesterday, today and tomorrow - interview with HPC Specialist Dr. Jussi Enkovaara

We had an excellent opportunity to interview Jussi Enkovaara, one of the experienced tutors of the course PRACE Autumn School: Harnessing EuroHPC Flagship Supercomputers. Currently, he works as HPC Specialist (high-performance computing) at CSC – IT Center for Science and has been developing software for supercomputers since 2005.

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Supercomputer Puhti vs. the Coronavirus: Review of CSC COVID-19 Fast Track Outcome

A total of 15 research projects were selected for the COVID-19 fast track. These projects have investigated the airborne transmission of coronavirus, searched for ways to inhibit virus replication, studied potential drug molecules and their structure-guided optimization, screened for potential drug candidates, studied virus mutations and identified virus variants through sequencing. Almost all of the thousands of coronaviruses detected from Finnish patients have been classified on Puhti supercomputer.  

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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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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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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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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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