News - At a workshop on translational research infrastructures (infrastructures that facilitate efficient translation of research discoveries into industrial application), the HPC Cloud of SURFsara was used to provide access to private virtual machines for each participant and to be flexible regarding the number of participants showing up.
News - Don a pair of Google Glasses and improve your pronunciation of Spanish vowels. Fix Your Vowels by the University of Amsterdam (Faculty of Humanities) has won a competition for the most ingenious and promising experiment with Google Glass. In 2015, four educational institutions investigated how Google Glass could benefit education.
News - Three video tutorials provide (additional) explanations for SURFdrive users on popular functionalities of SURFdrive. These short clips are designed to answer users' practical questions on the web environment, on sharing files and folders and on synchronising with the SURFdrive client.
News - On 21 January, for the first time, SURFnet took an international network link with a capacity of over one terabit into production. The capacity of 1 terabit per second is seen as a milestone because such speeds make the behaviour of fibre-optic cables and optical amplifiers even more critical.
News - In late 2015 SURFnet delivered a redundant PoP (point-of-presence) to Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle. This has improved the accessibility of Zwolle's member institutions: if the main PoP malfunctions, traffic is diverted via the redundant PoP. As the site of the redundant PoP, Windesheim also has improved redundancy.
News - SURFnet has signed a contract with Wentzo Wireless, supplier of wireless solutions, for the development, supply and maintenance of SURFwireless. The service was developed in collaboration with several education and research institutions and will be launched in the second quarter of 2016.
News - SURF's offices in Utrecht will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 1 January. Our offices close at 4 PM on 24 and 31 December. SURF's offices in Amsterdam will be closed from 25 December until 1 January 2016. SURF wishes you happy holidays and an inspiring 2016!
News - From 2016 Dutch education and research users will be able to get help from SURF for building a website. SURF is proposing a new web hosting service as part of the Web hosting SURF-cloud project. The service has a high level of security and reduces the administrative overhead for customers.
News - The Dutch education and research sector has its own authentication infrastructure with SURFconext. SURFconext is not enough for the healthcare sector. University Medical Centres work with healthcare providers outside the SURFnet target group who cannot use SURFconext. SURFnet explored the possibilities of a ‘ZorgConext’ and wants to launch a pilot.
News - SURFnet continuously examines the wishes and requirements for the next generation of its network, including through workshops and interviews with the contact person for the institution. Based on the initial surveys in 2015 we’ve compiled a summary of the trends we are seeing in institutions and their effect on the SURFnet network.
News - SURFnet has set up a PERT (Performance Enhancement and Response Team) as a pilot project. This team will advise on end-to-end performance problems. The first challenge they will be tackling is a proposal that has been submitted to Enlighten Your Research Global 2015. The network performance required for the proposal is not yet achieved.
News - This year’s SuperComputing conference, SC15, was held in Austin, Texas. Together with the University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen and the Netherlands eScience Center, SURF showed what we in the Netherlands are capable of in terms of high-quality ICT services – and one way was to give a demonstration of network function virtualisation.
News - From 10 to 12 May 2016, PRACE will organise the third edition of its Scientific and Industrial Conference – PRACEdays16 – under the motto HPC for Innovation in Prague, Czech Republic. PRACE would like to receive contributions for presentations of excellent scientific merit from scientists and researchers from academia and industry worldwide.
News - The pioneer phase of open education is over: armed with the lessons of copious research, experience and the available best practices, we can now start widespread rollout. These were the conclusions presented by SURFnet and the Open Education special interest group in their Open and Online Education Trend Report 2015 at Dé Onderwijsdagen.
News - This year, the world's biggest supercomputing event – SuperComputing 2015 (SC15) – is taking place between 15 and 20 November in Austin, Texas. SURF is attending this international conference to increase the visibility of Dutch innovative developments outside the Netherlands too.