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    Case: Using Jupyter Notebooks in an international summer school download

    Knowledge base - How do you give a group of students simple access to a simulation model used for training, without the need to install software on many different computers? Maarten Krol, professor of Meteorology and Air Quality at Wageningen University, is a big fan of using Jupyter Notebooks on SURFsara HPC infrastructure.

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    Case: Computer models in the fight against plastic soup download

    Knowledge base - The Ocean Cleanup wants to remove "plastic soup" from the oceans. This organisation has now received help in doing so from SURFsara, in the form of processor time on the Cartesius supercomputer. Now the effects of waves and currents can be better predicted.

  • Report Research support in the Netherlands - VUmc download

    Knowledge base - SURF presents a series on how institutions organise their research support . This third episode focuses on VUmc. VUmc wants to provide researchers with as much support as possible by means of standard procedures and services without these limiting researchers’ freedom.

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    Case: 'Cloudbursting' expands research infrastructure at VUmc download

    Knowledge base - Researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre (VUmc) sometimes reach the capacity limits of the private VUmc Research Cloud, which is why it is connected to SURFsara's HPC Cloud. Lightpaths between the Research Cloud and the HPC Cloud provide additional security, reliability, and capacity, and researchers do not even notice the difference.

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    Case: Comprehensive datasets provide insight into causes of schizophrenia download

    Knowledge base - Genetic variants play a major role in the occurrence of psychiatric conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and autism. Comprehensive data sets and plenty of processing power are needed to map these. Prof. Danielle Posthuma and her research group are therefore making intensive use of the Research Capacity Computing Service (RCCS) at SURFsara.

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    Case: Research into complex algorithms for intelligent search systems download

    Knowledge base - People who see the suggestions for related books/music on Bol.com and Spotify often don't realise that there are complex algorithms at work behind them. Martha Larson (Radboud University Nijmegen and TU Delft) is conducting research on these algorithms. She looks at the technological capacities and the necessary computing power, as well as privacy.

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    Animation SURFsara's services download

    Knowledge base - SURFsara creates a bridge between research and advanced ICT. For researchers whose own computer is inadequate to large-scale international research projects. Want to know what SURFsara can do for your research?

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    Use cases Life Science Grid download

    Knowledge base - The Life Science Grid (LSG) accommodates life scientists at Dutch universities and medical centers to perform data analysis or other computational work. Your work can vary in scale and type, from occasional analyses up to thousands of production jobs continuously, and on datasets ranging from a few gigabytes to hundreds of terabytes and beyond.

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    Case Discovering how consumers feel about brands download

    Knowledge base - PhD candidate Hang-Yee Chan from the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) used SURFsara’s HPC Cloud to analyze neuroimaging data. He collected the data when volunteers watched brand logos inside an MRI scanner. “We were able to map out the connection between consumers' brain responses to brand logos and their opinions on those brands.”

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    Case: Easy access to processing power for computational recommendation models download

    Knowledge base - Together with a group of master's students, university lecturer and researcher Flavius Frasincar from Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is researching how recommendation systems for online financial news can be improved. Systems of this type automatically recommend news items to readers based on their reading profiles.

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    Case: Shopping in the virtual supermarket download

    Knowledge base - In a virtual supermarket customers do virtual shopping in a digital environment. This makes it possible to research factors which influence purchasing behaviour, such as price, labelling and location of items. Dr Wilma Waterlander has been working with this research tool for many years. Her aim is to encourage consumers to eat more healthily.

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    Case: Water research in the HPC Cloud download

    Knowledge base - Delft-based IHE (International Institute for Infrastructural Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering) offers Master's degrees and PhD programmes in water management. Students, lecturers and researchers collaborate on projects which require a lot of computing power and storage capacity. Some of them use SURFsara's HPC Cloud for their research.

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    Video: compute services SURFsara download

    Knowledge base - If your own computer is not powerful enough for your computational task, SURFsara offers various flavours of computational power. It depends on the nature of your task which one is best suited for you.

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    Case: Do genes correlate with socio-economic characteristics? download

    Knowledge base - Many of people's socio-economic characteristics, such as their position in the labour market and their educational attainments, are partly inherited. Genoeconomics seeks to map the relationship between genetic variants and economic choices and outcomes. The researchers use SURFsara's computing systems to process the large genetic datasets.

  • Case: High-speed link with digital test environment via light path download

    Case: High-speed link with digital test environment via light path download

    Knowledge base - More and more educational institutions are using cloud services. The Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen has moved part of its digital test environment to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The connection uses SURFlichtpaden (optical light paths). Henk Weisbeek, operations coordinator for the University's IT office, explains.