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SURF (Netherlands)

SURF is the e-infrastructure for education and research in The Netherlands (SURFnet, SURFsara and SURFmarket)

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Research data zones improve collaboration on crop genome data

The University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and SURF are collaborating on a campus network infrastructure that is optimized for sending research data. The aim is to create a blueprint for a research data zone architecture so researchers can more easily collaborate on data-intensive research. The first use case is focusing on crop genome data.

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How data can improve the quality of higher education

Big data are found in all segments of society. Even the Dutch higher education sector is increasingly recognising the potential for the vast volumes of data that it has at its disposal. What opportunities does learning analytics offer? And what challenges are the early adopters facing? Are there any runners out there who still do not track their performance with an app?

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Underground lava lake spotted by supercomputer

A lake of lava lies directly below a small South Korean island. The simulations that led to this discovery were performed on supercomputer Piz Daint at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center and the now decommissioned Huygens, the national supercomputing center of SURF in the Netherlands.

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Mining a genetic goldmine

Mining a genetic goldmine

MinE is an international project to search for the genetic causes of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a deadly neurodegenerative disease. Thanks to an enormous computing facility and the best networkconnection, the MinE project can generate better results. The computing facility and networkconnection is operated by SURF’s operating companies: SURFsara for research data infrastructure and SURFnet for networkconnection.

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Archaeology uses 4G mobile network for field research

Archaeology uses 4G mobile network for field research

The Archaeology programme of University of Amsterdam uses 4G mobile network for education on location. During a field research assignment, students can consult various maps and sources of information instantly on location. This video explains the advantages of doing so as well as the technical structure of the pilot.

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Scientists use global supercomputing network to understand regional sea level changes

Scientists use global supercomputing network to understand regional sea level changes

Since a large part of the Netherlands is below sea level, the country will inevitably feel the effects of rising sea levels. Changes in sea levels are influenced by the behaviour of oceans. The eSALSA team performs large-scale global climate simulations to examine the effect of changing ocean circulations on local sea levels.