Korkea motivaatio, yhdessäolo ja laadukas opetus – niistä on suurteholaskennan kesäkoulu tehty

Jo vuodesta 2010 lähtien CSC on järjestänyt ohjelmointiin, rinnakkaislaskentaan ja koodioptimointiin keskittyvää kurssia, joka kerää vuosittain osallistujia ympäri maailmaa oppimaan lisää, jakamaan tietoa ja viihtymään muiden samojen teemojen parissa työskentelevien kanssa. Suurteholaskennan kesäkoulun opintotarjonnan pääpaino on perusasioissa, mutta sisältö elää ja siinä pyritään huomioimaan kulloisenkin ajankohdan teemoja. Niin opiskelijoiden kuin opettajien motivaatio on korkealla; laadukas opetus ja ryhmän tuki takaavat, että oppiminen on tehokasta.

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Education and Studies

Executive decision support for modern business management

Decision support systems are currently available for all medium and large companies around the world. Professor Ralf Östermark presents a paradigm shift to modern "Executive decision support", where planning and budgeting are made more efficient and the coordination in the management group is improved. The built-in components of the system provide possibilities to more diverse risk modelling and the coverage of larger sets of alternatives than what is possible through traditional risk analysis. Furthermore, the artificial intelligence based HPC-platform GHA allows unique possibilities to connecting holistic firm models with corporate technology involving challenging computational problem solving.

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Science and Research

Discussing indicators in research funding: What role do altmetrics play?

Altmetrics are gaining momentum in higher education. This post is based on my master’s thesis that explores the usage of altmetrics with a focus on research funding. Altmetrics track down and count the mentions of scholarly outputs in social media, news sites, policy papers, and social bookmarking sites.

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Columns

The future of exams is being made today

Deliberations on the fate of the old exam system, which relied on paper and envelopes, used by universities began in 2013. The alternatives were either developing the old system or building a new one, and the higher education institutions chose the latter. This is how EXAM was born. It’s the only large-scale examination system in Finland that can be integrated in the institutions’ basic systems.

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Software, Hardware and Networks
Education and Studies

Genome Center Finland - health through knowledge

Genomitieto avaa uusia mahdollisuuksia sairauksien diagnosointiin ja hoitoon. Suomeen suunnitteilla oleva Genomikeskus tulee toimimaan genomitiedon käytön asiantuntijana. Sen tehtävänä on tehostaa genomitiedon vastuullista käyttöä ihmisten terveyden edistämiseksi ja hallinnoida kansallista genomitietokantaa.

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Science and Research

Six false claims regarding CSC's academic cloud

Usein törmää erilaisiin olettamuksiin koskien CSC:n akteemista pilveä. Ohessa on kuusi tällaista tyypillistä väittämää, joihin nyt vastaa CSC:n vanhempi järjestelmäasiantuntija Kalle Happonen.

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Science and Research

HPC-Europa3 enables on-site collaboration

In winter 2018 two PhD students, Armin Iravani from Austria and Juris Vencels from Latvia got their HPCE3 grants and headed for Finland and CSC. They did not come to CSC primarily because of the HPC resources but to deepen their collaboration with their hosts here at CSC.

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Science and Research

Digging deeper in dynamics of ice

Yongmei Gong, from the University of Helsinki, explores how ice sheets in Antarctica will evolve in next 100 to 200 years under climate change and what has triggered the mechanisms of fast ice flowing events, surges, in an Arctic ice cap.

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Science and Research

"Each gives a little – everyone gains a lot" - the Basic Education Wikileap uses the Internet to make textbooks accessible

Vuonna 2017 alkoi koko Suomen laajuinen hanke, jossa ryhdyttiin rakentamaan kaikille yhteistä, vapaasti hyödynnettävää ja muokattavaa oppikirjakokoelmaa. Hanke nimeltään Perusopetuksen wikiloikka: avoimen lisenssin kokeilukulttuuria ja digitaalisten palvelukonseptien kehittämistä on edennyt loppusuoralle. Nyt on aika katsoa taaksepäin ja kerrata onnistumisia sekä pohtia hankkeen tulevaisuutta.

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Education and Studies

Debated growth mechanism of carbon material explained through atomic level simulations

Since early on, there has been a debate as to what physical processes are involved in the growth mechanism of dense amorphous carbon films, which contain a high degree of tetrahedral diamond-like carbon atoms. These films have excellent mechanical properties resembling those of diamond. Because of the impossibility to study the atomistic picture of film growth experimentally, many efforts have been made during the last 30 years to provide an explanation based on computational simulation.

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Science and Research

Expertise in higher education institution authentication being brought to primary schools

Efforts to solve the problem of electronic user authentication in universities and universities of applied sciences were begun nearly twenty years ago. Primary and secondary school actors have occasionally expressed interest in Haka, a network comprised of Finnish higher education institutions and partners, whose member organization users can access Haka services using the login for their own institution. A couple years ago, the Ministry of Education and Culture Department for General Education and Early Childhood Education began to fund the development of a solution for use in organizations of primary and secondary education – MPASSid.

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Education and Studies

Open learning resources workshop for higher education institution development projects emphasized the importance of cooperation

A workshop on open learning resources for higher education institution development projects was attended by representatives of development projects, libraries and study and information administrations from various higher education institutions. The workshop focused on providing tools for cooperation to development projects, with an eye toward the use and lifecycle of the learning resources produced in them.

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Education and Studies

HPC-Europa visits turned into long term close collaboration

Frederick Gent participated in the HPC-Europa Transnational Access programme and visited Finland three times in 2010-2011. These visits led to close collaboration, scientific breakthrough and a new home country. Currently he works as a Post-doctoral research associate at Aalto University.

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Science and Research

Case study: University of Jyväskylä and Funet Backup

The backup pilot project jointly carried out by the University of Jyväskylä and CSC is making rapid progress. In the project, which involves the introduction of the Funet Backup service, backup copies of all material kept by the University of Jyväskylä will be produced for CSC. After that, the university will no longer have to maintain an in-house backup infrastructure. The project has been quite extensive and there is still a great deal of work to do. However, the lessons learned during the pilot project will augur well for the future.

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Software, Hardware and Networks

Optimized solutions for treating bone fractures will soon be reality

Mathematic modelling has been a standard tool for engineers for decades, but in clinical medicine, it is still a newcomer. The Finnish start-up software company Disior Ltd. develops computational software for treating bone fractures. The purpose is to bring mathematical modelling, known for its benefits in research and industry, available for physicians.

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Science and Research

ATT-foorumi teki katsauksen hankkeen saavutuksiin ja avoimeen tulevaisuuteen

Avoimen tieteen ja tutkimuksen foorumi järjestettiin 16.11.2017 Paasitornissa, Helsingissä teemanaan tiedon avoin saatavuus ja tieteellinen julkaiseminen. Tilaisuus kokosi yhteen Avoin tiede ja tutkimus -hankkeen (ATT) saavutuksia ja katse käännettiin tulevaisuuteen, vuoden lopussa päättyvän hankkeen jälkeiseen aikaan. Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriön vuonna 2014 käynnistämä ATT-hanke edistää tiedon saatavuutta ja avointa tiedettä. Se pohjautuu laajaan ministeriöiden, korkeakoulujen, tutkimuslaitosten ja tutkimusrahoittajien yhteistyöhön.

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Science and Research

EU General Data Protection Regulation – what should we know about it?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was ratified in the spring of 2016 and steps are being taken to make the new regulation applicable during the two-year transition period, which ends on 25 August 2018. The aim of the GDPR is to provide up-to-date, comprehensive and uniform data protection for the European Union. In addition, an effort is being made to improve the level of confidence in online services, thus promoting the development of the EU's internal digital market. Now is a good time to learn more about the regulation and give thought to how organizations, such as higher education institutions, should prepare themselves for the changes that it will bring about.

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Software, Hardware and Networks
Knowledge Management

There's a cloud for every problem

Cloud services have risen from the rough-and-tumble of start-ups to the desks of IT decision-makers, thus making the term 'cloud' a household word. Of course, the name of a cloud service does not say a whole lot about it, and descriptions sometimes leave a bit to be desired. The following description shines some light on the world of clouds.

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Education and Studies
Science and Research
Knowledge Management

Workout for both mind and body

Nuuksio's majestic landscape is the perfect setting for both studying and exchanging of ideas with other students interested in the same subjects. CSC Summer School in High-Performance Computing was held for the eighth time and students from all over the world gathered to develop their high-performance computing skills. Coding all day long takes a toll, so the sports and leisure activities offer a nice counterpoint to it. Both mind and body get a proper workout at the summer school.

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Education and Studies

Open source code accelerates product development

Some fifty attendees, broadly representing the leading edge of research and development in the Finnish electromechanical industry. The final seminar of the SEMTEC project presented the project results achieved over the past couple years, such as faster, more user-friendly and more accurate simulation models. Several of the presentations shared a common denominator: the Elmer tool, which is an open source multiphysical simulation software developed primarily by CSC. The expertise gained during the project was distilled into new features for Elmer.

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Science and Research
Knowledge Management