The National Institute of Genetics (NIG) at the Research Organization of Information and Systems, an inter-university research institution corporation, has built and is now operating an international database of nucleotide sequences called the DNA Data Bank of Japan, or DDBJ, and is offering computing services using its supercomputer. We spoke with two NIG researchers, Yasukazu Nakamura, a professor at the Genome Informatics Laboratory, and Osamu Ogasawara, an assistant professor at the Laboratory for Gene-Expression Analysis, about NIG’s activities and the role played by SINET.
(Interview date: November 14, 2013)
The Chile Observatory of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) in the National Institutes of Natural Sciences is working on the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Project. We interviewed Professor Ken’ichi Tatematsu, ALMA Regional Center Manager at the NAOJ, and Kohji Nakamura, a network and software engineer for the NAOJ Chile Observatory, about the outline of the project and the role SINET plays in it.
(Interview Date: November 12, 2013)
Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), an independent administrative agency, engages in the Broader Approach (BA) activity aimed at supplementing and supporting the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project and at establishing the technical basis of a DEMO reactor (prototype reactor for demonstration). We spoke with Noriyoshi Nakajima, a professor at the National Institute for Fusion Science in the National Institute of Natural Sciences, an Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, and project leader of the International Fusion Energy Research Centre (IFERC) in the Broader Approach, and with Takahisa Ozeki, chief researcher at the Fusion Research and Development Directorate at the JAEA, about the outline of the IFERC and the roles that SINET has to play.
(Interview Date: November 8, 2013)
The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI, an organization under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) is making use of SINET3 service for international sharing of the massive amounts of data collected from VLBI (very long baseline interferometry) observations. We talked with Shinobu Kurihara, in charge of analysis and operation in the VLBI Group of the GSI, about the importance of networking in geodetic VLBI and about current projects.
(Interview date: July 9, 2009)
Dr. Makoto Kobayashi, professor emeritus of the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), and Dr. Toshihide Maskawa, professor of the Faculty of Science, Kyoto Sangyo University, and professor emeritus of Kyoto University, were awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics for their Kobayashi-Maskawa theory. The Belle experiment, carried out at KEK, contributed greatly to confirmation of the theory. We asked Professor Nobuhiko Katayama of KEK’s Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies to outline the Belle experiment and discuss SINET’s role therein.
(Interview date: November 14, 2008)