News - SURFsara will expand the capacity of the Cartesius national supercomputer in the second half of 2016. The contract with the supplier, Atos, was signed in December. The models that researchers are working on are becoming increasingly complex and the data sets ever larger, hence they need more computing power.
News - SURF and ORCID have come to an agreement through which ORCID will be made available via SURFconext. Dutch science writers will receive a unique global ID with ORCID, but can simply log in using their institutional accounts. The linking of ORCID and SURFconext also makes this service available to researchers throughout Europe.
News - What are institutions working on in the area of networks? How do new SURFnet services feed into them? And what else would institutions like to see? These were key questions during the well-attended Network Café on 28 January.
News - More and more organisations are opting to give researchers direct access to the national computing systems LISA and Cartesius.
News - The Dutch National Consultation on Digital Government decided on 2 February to put WPA2 Enterprise (the standard used by eduroam for secure access to Wi-Fi networks) on the 'apply or explain' list. This obliges Dutch government bodies and semi-public institutions to support this standard for their WiFi networks.
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.