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Europe’s digital future needs more green ambition!

The significant digital leap taken during the COVID-19 pandemic will very likely lead to permanent changes to the ways in which European societies are organised. In order to adapt the EU’s digital strategies to this new reality, the European Commission has launched a Digital Decade process with the aim of agreeing on a new vision and concrete targets for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030.

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Elmer bids farewell to the training classroom

Sometimes changes made out of necessity can prove to be better than the original plans. We noticed this a year ago when the COVID-19 pandemic came and messed up our familiar setup, and the events and training sessions linked with Elmer software had to be carried out in a new way.

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PID infrastructure providers – align yourselves!

The needs, challenges and solutions in the world of PIDs hardly differs between one part of the world and another. All seem to work towards the same goal, i.e. a coherent PID infrastructure.

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Language Bank, language technology and donated speech

In the future, we can expect a lot from this combination: there will be a large amount of high-quality speech data and heavy computing by supercomputers available for university researchers, research institutes and businesses, and it will be easier to implement various joint projects.

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Standardizing life science data management practices across Europe

ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data. Bioinformatics services have laid the foundation for a coordinated European life science infrastructure including databases, software tools, training material and computing environments. ELIXIR-CONVERGE, a project funded by the European Commission, builds on these achievements and aims to standardise life science data management across Europe. 

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EU-rahoituksella Suomen TKI-investoinnit nousuun

Vuoden 2021 puoliväliriihessä hallitus määrittelee suuntaviivat loppukaudelleen ja päättää valtion talouskehityksestä neljälle seuraavalle vuodelle. Yhtenä tavoitteena on kasvattaa Suomen tutkimus-, kehitys- ja innovaatioinvestointien osuutta neljään prosenttiin bruttokansantuotteesta vuoteen 2030 mennessä.

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E-TASC Hel: like taking part in an apocalyptic sci-fi movie

EuroFusion E-Tasc Hel is an EU-funded project to improve and unify numerical tools for supporting the construction of fusion reactors. We have to model the dynamics of ITER and DEMO to the best of our ability in order to give the reactors the best possible chance of being functional. When I indicate that a lot of mankinds future depend on projects like this, I am not exaggerating that much.

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To all young climate activists claiming we leave it all to them – Sorry, I beg to differ

Young climate activist – your task may well be to protest and demand changes and actions, but to claim that we in the older generations are not really contributing and that we leave the entire burden on you - Sorry, I beg to differ.

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The Openness Profile – Incentivising and rewarding open science efforts

Despite the vast amount of open science initiatives during the past decade or so, there has been little progress to date on normalising open science practices in research. Frankly speaking, there is currently no room or place in science for receiving credits for specific open science activities. The international network Knowledge Exchange has explored this area during the past years and came up with the idea of an Openness Profile.

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LUMI Roadshow – on the way to superior user experience

LUMI roadshow visited Kajaani and nine other cities in Finland mainly online between October 2020 and February 2021 in order to introduce the new flagship supercomputer to its potential end users across the country.

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At the start of a quantum leap

Quantum computers are a focus of attention right now, and for good reason: now we know that they work! It has been said that quantum computers have now evolved from a physicist’s dream to an engineer's nightmare.

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Up to 20% of LUMI’s resources will be available to industry and SMEs

LUMI is a unique opportunity for companies for developing R&D activities and boosting innovation

Up to 20% of LUMI’s resources will be available to industry and SMEs. Using this capacity is a remarkable opportunity for Finnish industrial life and for the whole society.

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CSC is prepared for trouble

CSC participated in the national Finnish TIETO20 cyber security exercise for government agencies and selected private companies.

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CSC is a 50-year-old pioneer, forerunner and cosmopolite

This year marks 50 years since the start of our activities. When the Univac central computer and its punch cards were harnessed for scientific and research use in 1971, the world was still discovering how to utilize ICT services.

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Defining DevOps

A colleague asked me to define DevOps. I managed to give a fairly sensible answer, but I was left wondering about the question, and how to understand the answer.

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The metagenome of the Christmas tree

The Christmas tree became common in Finland during the 19th century in estate homes. It is usually kept inside and is a decorated wild spruce (Picea). Along with the spruce, millions of wrappers, campers, glaciers, mites and spiders are carried home from nature. Spruce smells as it evaporates resinous organic substances such as phenols and other polyaromatic hydrocarbons. They can cause allergies, but bugs are essentially no harm. Are they actually useful?

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Exploring machine learning frameworks for cloud and supercomputing. Blog post 3/3

In this final part of the blog post series we will look at existing frameworks for implementing the combined machine learning workflow for HPC environments.

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What do you get when a supercomputer and a quantum computer shake hands?

The global pandemic, the climate crisis, the competitiveness of companies... Supercomputers and emerging quantum technology are opening new doors for research and Finland as a nation as we seek solutions to the current challenges in science and society.

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Preparedness in the North of Europe – how our services support the battle against COVID-19

In early 2020, a new disease spread rapidly around the world paralyzing the global economy and causing casualties in unprecedented scale; suddenly, services for managing and computing on sensitive human data related to this disease were in high demand.

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Suurtehokvanttilaskenta – lähentymistä luvassa

Kvanttilaskenta on tulevaisuuden HPC-ekosysteemien kulmakivi. LUMI-supertietokone yhdistää HPC-asiantuntemusta poikkeuksellisella tavalla, joten on korkea aika tehdä sama myös eurooppalaisen kvanttiosaamisen alalla.

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