What are the challenges facing researchers? Baldur van Lew, researcher at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), illustrated his challenges using his population imaging study at the SURFnet 2014 Client Fair.
ICT in hospital: sharing brain scans
The study uses brain scans from various hospitals that all need to be shared, but via a secure, fast and low-latency method to enable interactive data analysis. By setting up light paths between Leiden, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Delft, Van Lew succeeded in using Enlighten Your Research to streamline his study. This opens up interesting prospects for upscaling and the realisation of UMC cloud architecture for research purposes.
Researcher and ICT in contact
Jan Bot of SURFsara and Sylvia Kuijpers of SURFnet explained how SURFnet can be used to accelerate research. Working with institutions, the Support4research programme aims to provide improved support for researchers, informing them of the portfolio of facilities both the institution and SURF have on offer and putting them in touch with ICT research support staff at the institution. Support4Research does this by seeking collaboration with institutions and drawing up a tailored outreach plan.
Advantage of new developments
The additional benefits to researchers of NetherLight (as a light path exchange), the Multi-Service Port (as a low-threshold connection point for light paths) and 4G (as broadband WiFi) were explained by SURFnet’s Gerben van Malenstein and Maurice van den Akker. Curious about these developments?
The presentations can be viewed on SURF’s YouTube channel. (Dutch and some English)