Blogs

CSC in the European EUDAT

The EUDAT membership allows CSC to offer its customers high quality data services based on EUDAT technology. EUDAT's B2 product family helps researchers manage their research data. For service providers, the EUDAT consortium enables the sharing of work between different centers.

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Finnish student team Revontuli took the third place in an international student supercomputer competition

CSC fielded Finland's first team in the international Student Cluster Competition (SCC), whose final was held in November 4-6. Team Revontuli (northern lights in Finnish) won the HPL Hero Run Challenge and finished 3rd overall among 10 university teams.

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Kohti yhteisiä oppimisalustoja

Oppimisen verkkotyökalujen käytössä on otettu vahvoja askeleita eteenpäin. Digiopetus on läsnä kaikessa opiskelussa ja oppimisen verkkotyökalujen käyttö on edistynyt myös pandemian aiheuttaman digiloikan jälkeen.

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Tailored EUDAT data services: use cases

Tailored EUDAT data services are designed to provide additional options to the common data services provided by CSC, while promoting good data management practices. In this blog, we will go through three examples of customized data services.

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The first Finnish team in the student supercomputer competition – follow the team on Twitter

CSC has put together Finland's first team for the international student supercomputer competition.

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New fields of science go computational

CSC's new supercomputers Mahti and Puhti and the data management system Allas increased the number of users of CSC services by more than 40%, services were opened up to academic use by research institutes and new fields of science found CSC's services.

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Getting started with bioscience services

Did you know, that many of CSC's services are free-of-charge for academic research, education and training in Finnish higher education institutions and in state research institutes? We offer wide variety of services, accompanied with trainings and support. Thus, there are also many ways and angles you can get familiar with our services – it all depends on your specific needs! In this blog post we aim at presenting some possible approaches to start your journey with us!

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TKI on Suomelle strateginen valinta

Tutkimus-, kehittämis- ja innovaatiotoiminta ei ole muusta yhteiskunnasta irrallaan oleva saareke. Oleellista on tunnistaa TKI-toiminnan strategisuus – toisin sanoen sen laaja vaikuttavuus koko suomalaiseen yhteiskuntaan, erityisesti nyt, kun meidän on kyettävä samanaikaisesti sekä löytämään ratkaisuja monimutkaisiin globaaleihin haasteisiin että huolehtimaan Suomen kasvusta, resilienssistä ja kilpailukyvystä.

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Delivering impact by boosting the strategic plan of Horizon Europe

Drafting of the strategic plan of Horizon Europe for the period of 2025-2027 is already starting, and together we must make sure that Horizon Europe delivers real impact, while keeping up with the environmental, geopolitical, technological, social and economic developments that have accelerated or changed course since the adoption of the current strategic plan.

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Molecular Dynamics, the most used method in CSC's environment

Molecular dynamics is one of the most used simulation techniques on CSC supercomputers. Typically, each atom is modelled separately to build molecules or materials – the physical system that the researcher is interested in – and then physics is set in motion to see what happens.

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Have you rolled the DICE?

DICE offers “something for everyone”, from individual scientist all the way up to the most demanding scientific research projects. The offering includes services ranging personal cloud storage for individuals and small teams to sophisticated services for projects, organisations and research infrastructures. The core of the service offering is the EUDAT service portfolio complemented with additional state-of-the-art services.

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How did LUMI end up in Finland?

LUMI supercomputer’s second installation phase is currently ongoing at CSC’s data center in Kajaani, Finland. Soon researchers across academia and industry will have an unforeseen tool – Europe’s fastest supercomputer. Getting the LUMI supercomputer to Finland was no forgone conclusion. Although the LUMI consortium, led by CSC, officially joined the competition to get one of the three EuroHPC pre-exascale supercomputers to Kajaani in 2019, the background work began years earlier.

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At the racing track of quantum computers

In a sense, quantum computers are already much more powerful than traditional supercomputers. In the form of the ever-useful car analogy: quantum computers of today are like the fastest racing cars ever built, or even imagined. There is a caveat, however.

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Open course on supercomputers

Major scientific, technological and industrial breakthroughs require increasingly sophisticated and advanced tools. One of the most important research tools today is a supercomputer. In order to raise awareness of supercomputers and the benefits of high-performance computing, CSC and Kajaani University of Applied Sciences jointly created an open online course called Elements of Supercomputing.

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Customisable EUDAT services as part of CSC's service portfolio

CSC offers a comprehensive range of data management services to help customers take care of their valuable data. Today, CSC offers EUDAT data services as part of its own service portfolio. EUDAT is a European consortium with its roots in EU projects led by CSC.

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Working together towards a federated European Genome-phenome Archive for publishing and re-using sensitive research data

In January 2022, CSC as the Finnish ELIXIR Node, completed the first end-to-end test for the Federated EGA (Federated European Genome-phenome Archive): a major step towards sharing sensitive biomedical data via a network of European repositories.

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Towards digital identity wallets: with patience and through practical applications

Moving away from rigid digital identities towards solutions where the user can choose which attributes of their identity they want to share with whom seems to respond best to what is expected of electronic identity solutions nowadays. But how does this work, what does it mean and what’s CSC’s role in all this?

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Omikron-aallon huippu lähestyy - mitä SARS2-CoV -viruksesta tiedetään molekyylibiologian tasolla?

Koronapandemia on piinannut maailmaa jo kahden vuoden ajan. Tämän ja tulevien pandemioiden ehkäisyssä, hoidossa ja hallinnassa on syytä kerätä ja tutkia virusten molekyylibiologian tason dataa.

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Introducing CSC's content retention policy in Services for Research and Education

The volume of digital data is ever-growing, also in research. The owner of the content needs to be aware of legislative issues, understand the meaning of good data management practices and make plans for the data lifecycle. GDPR also sets requirements on data. Personal data must always be managed and deleted according to published plans and consents.

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Europe’s digital transition: not just technological development but a wider societal shift

Digitalisation is not only about technological development but a wider societal shift. Therefore, the targets of Europe's Digital Decade must also be linked with, for example, the European Strategy for Data, the European Green Deal and the various policies related to education, research and innovation.

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