Two national university corporations, Utsunomiya University and Yokohama National University, are working together to construct an IT-BCP mission-critical system with the use of L2-VPN from SINET. We spoke with Akira Nagai, a professor, assistant president and manager of the Media Network Center, Utsunomiya University, Yoshiki Mihara, an assistant professor at Utsunomiya University, Yuichi Hasebe, manager of the Information Technology Service Center and a professor of the Graduate School of International Social Studies at Yokohama National University, and Toshiya Shimura, an assistant professor at Yokohama National University, about the outline and purposes of the system.
The IT-BCP mission-critical system is no mere data backup system, it is a standby system that operates when either university’s system is down following a disaster or equivalent event for the purpose of quickly restoring university operations.
(Interview date: October 15, 2013)
Shizuoka University, a national university corporation, is working to construct a remote backup system that capitalizes on the SINET L2VPN service, in collaboration with Yamaguchi University, another national university corporation. We spoke with Takahiro Hasegawa, deputy manager of the Center for Information Infrastructure at Shizuoka University, and with Atsushi Iguchi, a senior staff member on the Information Systems Team in the Information Planning Section of the Planning Department at the same university, about its objective and expected effect.
(Interview date: June 19, 2012)
Kyoto University of Education operates the kyo2 Cloud Center, a cloud service that combines the SINET L2VPN service with outside data centers. We spoke about the service’s objectives and achievements with Associate Professor Harumasa Tada, vice-director of the Information Processing Center at Kyoto University of Education, and with Tsuyoshi Akiyama, management and operation staff of the Information Processing Center at Kyoto University of Education.
(Interview date: June 12, 2012)
The Academic Computing & Communications Center (ACCC) at the University of Tsukuba has used a SINET3 network to establish a layer 2 (L2) VPN connection between the Tsukuba campus and the Tokyo campus. To find out about this link’s purpose and benefits, we spoke to Akira Sato of the ACCC research and development department.
(Interview date: April 9, 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)
Astrophysics group in Kagoshima University is currently cooperating with the VERA project, which is a joint project with the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) aimed at making a three-dimensional map of our galaxy. We invited assistant professor Akiharu Nakagawa — an expert in physics and astronomy at Graduate School of Science and Engineering in Kagoshima University— to discuss the utilization of the SINET3 network in the VERA project.
(Date of interview: 9 March, 2010)
JDXnet, the Japan Data Exchange Network for earthquake observation data, is a joint project of the University of Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute with other national universities and institutions including the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC). We talked with Professor Kiyoshi Takano* and Assistant Professor Hiroshi Tsuruoka, both of the Earthquake Information Center in the University of Tokyo Earthquake Research Institute, about the significance of this network and the role of SINET.
*Currently serves also as a Professor in the Center for Integrated Disaster Information Research (CIDIR) Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies of the University of Tokyo.
The National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) is building a network-based virtual laboratory system for nuclear fusion research, to integrate various nuclear fusion experimental and research environments in Japan. In June 2008, the QUEST experiment of Kyushu University was added to the system for remote data collection and distribution. Many other projects are being incorporated into the system as well. We talked with Associate Professor Hideya Nakanishi, NIFS High-Temperature Plasma Physics Research Division, and Assistant Professor Takashi Yamamoto, NIFS Department of Simulation Science’s Network Working Group, about the role played by SINET and the outlook for the future.
(Interview date: November 28, 2008; updated January 18, 2010)