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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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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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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Open Science and Research Forum takes a look at the project achievements and an open future

The Open Science and Research Forum was held on 16 November 2017 at Congress Centre Paasitorni in Helsinki. The theme of the forum was open access to knowledge and scientific publishing. The achievements of the Open Science and Research (OSR) project were presented at the forum, with the focus being moved to the future, to the time after completion of the project. Launched by the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2014, the OSR project promotes access to knowledge and open science. It is based on extensive co-operation between ministries, higher education institutions, research institutes and providers of research funding.

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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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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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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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Knowledge Management

Weboodista syntyi someilmiö

Kolme viikkoa sitten Weboodin etusivu uudistui. Siitä syntyi musiikkilehti Rumbassakin huomioitu uutisaihe. Toisin kuin aiheen perusteella kenties veikkaisi, korvamadon takana on musiikkivideo, ja oikea rapkappale. Alkuperäinen artikkeli on julkaistu Helsingin yliopiston intranet Flammassa. Jutun on kirjoittanut Susanna Peltonen.

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Education and Studies
Columns

"Who is there and what are they doing?"

CSC course on metagenomics sheds light on studying microbial communities. Metagenomics is the study of genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples. It can answer questions like "who is there?" and "what are they doing?".

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Education and Studies
Science and Research

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
Science and Research

Genome data for next generation healthcare – opportunities for services translating genomes into health and well-being

Our knowledge of human genome will increase dramatically over the coming years. The use of genome data will also penetrate into healthcare. A whole new field has sprung up as a result of these developments, offering companies opportunities to create new products such as medical applications.

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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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