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)
Iwate University, a national university corporation, conducts education and research based on advanced information technologies. We talked with two associate professors at the Iwate University Super Computing and Information Sciences Center (ISIC), Takahiro Nakanishi and Hitoaki Yoshida, to get an overview of their activities, the effect of SINET4’s adding a new node, and its contribution in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
(Interview date: November 5, 2013)
RIKEN and Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) opened an X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) facility, SACLA, to shared use in March 2012. We spoke with Takaki Hatsui, the leader of the Data Acquisition Team in the Beam Line Research and Development Group of the XFEL Research and Development Division at the RIKEN SPring-8 Center; Yasumasa Joti, in the XFEL Division of, JASRI; and Takashi Sugimoto and Ko Mayama in the Control and Computing Division of JASRI, who described the outline of the operation and the role SINET plays.
(Interview date: June 15, 2012, English translation by NII.)
The Telemedicine Development Center of Asia, Kyushu University Hospital, has been promoting international telemedicine using academic networks. We spoke with Associate Professor Shuji Shimizu of the Kyushu University Hospital Department of Endoscopic Diagnostics and Therapeutics, and Associate Professor Koji Okamura of the Kyushu University Research Institute for Information Technology, about their achievements and the role of SINET therein.
(Interview date: October 25, 2010)
At Hiroshima University’s Information Media Center (IMC), a web authentication system that uses UPKI initiative server certificates is being built and operated on the university’s HINET2007 campus network. We spoke to IMC director professor Reiji Aibara about the goals and achievements of this project.
(Date of interview: March 19, 2010)
At the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), the Earth Simulator (one of the world’s fastest supercomputers) is being used in various research and development projects. To get an outline of JAMSTEC’s work and the role played by SINET, we interviewed Jun Naoi and Satoru Okura, sub-leaders of the information systems department at JAMSTEC’s Earth Simulator Center, and Mikio Horiuchi, the group’s assistant technical supervisor.
(Date of interview: March 15, 2010)
The Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) is widely involved in cutting-edge research of statistical science and in collaborative studies with researchers in various fields. We spoke to professor Yasuyoshi Tamura (vice director-general of the ISM) and Kazuhiro Nakamura (head of the computing facilities unit at the center for engineering and technical support) about the ISM’s use of network technology.
(Date of interview: March 11, 2010)
Kagawa University has set up the e-Knowledge Consortium Shikoku with seven other universities in Shikoku. The aim is to develop human resources capable of boosting the Shikoku region, based on the collective results of the ”Knowledge of Shikoku” project, a strategic alliance of universities in the region. We discussed the objectives and current status of the project with Professor Zengo Furukawa of the Department of Reliability-based Information Systems Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, Kagawa University, who also serves as director of the university’s Information Technology Center, and with Associate Professor Toshihiro Hayashi of the same Center.
(Interview date: July 7, 2009)
The Yokohama National University Information Technology Service Center (ITSC), as one of the joint projects with Yokohama City University in the field of engineering-based medicine, has set up a high definition interactive remote learning system linking the Yokohama National University Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences with the Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine. We talked with Professor Hiroshi Arisawa of the Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences and ITSC Associate Professor Xu Haoyuan about the project, its successes to date, and its use of IPv6 currently being promoted.
(Interview date: December 11, 2008)
The national universities in the three prefectures of the Hokuriku region of Japan (Kanazawa University, University of Toyama, University of Fukui, and the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology [JAIST]) have built and put into operation a remote learning system with interactive connections between each of the universities. In order to learn more about the aims of the system and its successes, we talked with Professor Ichiro Tanaka of the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University, who chairs the special committee on student education of the Union of National Universities in the Hokuriku Region.(Interview date: September 30, 2008)