More accurate results through simplification – computational methods in chemistry

A computational chemist would say that there isn’t a field of chemistry in which computational methods would not be of assistance. And they might well be right.

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Education and Studies
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Genomidata osana uutta terveydenhuoltoa – suuri tilaus tulkintapalvelujen tuotekehitykselle

Ihmisen perimää koskevan tiedon määrä kasvaa lähivuosina huimasti. Myös genomitiedon käyttö terveydenhuollossa yleistyy. Kehityksen tuloksena on syntynyt kokonaan uusi toimiala, joka tarjoaa yrityksille mahdollisuuksia uusien tuotteiden, kuten vaikkapa lääketieteellisten sovellusten, luomiseen.

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Science and Research

The rainmaker?

There aren't many people in the world that could be described as a rainmaker quite as literally as Hannele Korhonen. Korhonen, a research professor at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, is launching a new project whose results could be highly significant in solving water shortages in the world’s driest regions.

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Weather models developed through cloud computing

The idea of using cloud services as a platform for column model software grew out of these challenges faced by researchers and students. In autumn 2016, the MUSC system was installed on CSC’s cPouta cloud service platform, in cooperation with the Norwegian and Swedish meteorological institutes. CloudMUSC was born.

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The wireless campus network, eduroam, connects millions of users around the world

When a visiting researcher or student arrives on campus with a smartphone and laptop, what does she need first of all? A power socket for her laptop? A printer? No. The first thing she needs is a wireless connection.

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Education and Studies

One service, many names – a shared video platform for the Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences

The Federation of Universities of Applied Sciences (FUAS), a strategic alliance formed by Häme University of Applied Sciences, Lahti University of Applied Sciences and Laurea University of Applied Sciences, decided to develop a video service to meet the institutions' shared and individual needs by becoming the first pilot users of CSC's Funet Etuubi Kaltura. Where did we start, what did we learn, and what did we achieve?

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Education and Studies

Will geoengineering save us from a certain doom?

Researchers are constantly trying to develop new and more accurate models to evaluate the future of ice sheets and the entire planet. Renowned glacier researcher John C.Moore emphasizes the role of high-performance computing in climate research

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Bolognan prosessin luoma tutkintorakenne on epäonnistunut

Suomalainen kanditutkinto ei ole saavuttanut itsenäistä asemaa työmarkkinoilla ja maisterin tutkinnon asema kansainvälisessä kilpailussa on heikentynyt. Raimo Kantola ehdottaa kolumnissaan muutoksia korkeakoulujen tutkintorakenteisiin, mm. nelivuotista kandidaatin tutkintoa.

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Columns

Training life scientists to analyse genomic data – can cloud make life easier?

Bioinformatics trainers teach life scientists like doctors and biologists to analyse data computationally. None of the usual options for setting up a bioinformatics environment in a training site is ideal. Cloud services can make life a whole lot easier for bioinformatics trainers, as well as system administrators.

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Työnä internetin turvallisuus

On väitetty, että suomalainen joutuu todennäköisemmin rikoksen uhriksi tietoverkoissa kuin tosielämässä. Näin uskoo vakaasti myös F-Securen tutkimusjohtaja Mikko Hyppönen. Esimerkkejä tästä tietoturva-alan pioneeri kohtaa harva se päivä.

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Software, Hardware and Networks
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Knowledge Management

Who will be securing the internet?

Who will be at the front defending the world’s networks from malicious software? asks Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure.

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Software, Hardware and Networks

Get your data under control – MyData in research and education

Large volumes of data about all of us are continually accumulating in a variety of registers, but it's difficult to harness fragmentised information stored in numerous different places. MyData appears to offer a solution by placing people at the centre of data management.

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Knowledge Management

Five reasons supercomputing centers love Linux

The first version of Linux (0.0.1) was launched on the Finnish University and Research Network Funet’s FTP server nearly 25 years ago. Back then, few would have guessed that the open source operating system developed by a young student, Linus Torvalds, would a quarter of a century later run on most of the mobile phones and servers as well as on the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

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Summer school in high-performance computing – surprisingly laid-back but educational

The students at the summer school in high-performance computing are very enthusiastic. When you speak with them, it soon becomes clear that the course definitely serves a purpose.

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Education and Studies
Science and Research

CSC in the chase for Swamp Soccer World Championship title!

Swamp Soccer World Championships took place at Hyrynsalmi, Finland, during 15.–16.7.2016. CSC participated in the games for the first time and with two teams. The tournament included tightly fought battles and dives into the swamp, as well as strengthening the team spirit. In this column CSC’s player number 30, Jonna Helenius tells about her journey to Hyrynsalmi’s Vuorisuo to play swamp soccer.

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Columns

Mutual fight against resistant bacteria

The 1st INTEGRATE Summer School was held at the facilities of CSC – IT Center for Science in Espoo, Finland during 7th-10th June 2016. The Summer School is a part of the Marie Curie INTEGRATE ETN project and is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. The school was jointly organized by University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland, German research organization Fraunhofer IME and CSC.

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Education and Studies
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Speculations on measuring road use

Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner recently suggested that Finnish road construction could be funded using road tolls rather than tax revenue. During the ensuing debate, politicians and officials have avoided proposing an alternative in which road use would be precisely measured with the aid of ICT technology.

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Columns

Towards better chemistry research

Laskennallisen kemian kevätkoulu keräsi jo viidennen kerran luokan täyteen. Neljän päivän ajan tutustuttiin laskennallisen kemian perusmenetelmiin ja harjoiteltiin niiden käyttöä.

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Education and Studies

Sharpening data processing tools

CSC's five-day Bioweek course in February attracted a crowd of bioscientists to Keilaranta, Espoo. The programme included the basics of R and Unix, and an introduction to data processing and CSC's Taito supercluster computing environment. Towards the end of the week, participants were able to harness RNA-seq data analysis.

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Education and Studies

An advanced course in Perfect Equations

The February sun shimmers into the foyer. It must be one of the first bright days of spring. Which is fitting, as understanding how the sun works is essential to the research conducted by some of the women now entering the room. We're about to start the photo shoot for CSC's Perfect Equation campaign.

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Software, Hardware and Networks
Science and Research