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)
In the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, we are conducting research relating to resource coordination techniques for the formation of a collaborative research community with eight universities and organizations including the NII. The title of this project is RENKEI, which is an acronym of Resources Linkage for e-Science. We spoke to professor Satoshi Matsuoka, assistant professor Shinichiro Takizawa and assistant professor Hitoshi Sato of the GSIC about the relationship between SINET3 and RENKEI-POP (point of presence), which is a sub-theme of this project.
(Date of interview: May 7, 2010)
At the Experimental Nuclear Physics Division of Osaka University’s Research Center for Nuclear Physics (RCNP), the LEPS (Laser Electron Photon beamline at SPring-8) project is using a laser-electron-photon beamline to research the properties of hadrons. We spoke to Professor Takashi Nakano and associate professor Tomoaki Hotta of the RCNP about their work and the role played by SINET.
(Date of interview: April 23, 2010)
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)
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)
The University of Tsukuba’s Center for Computational Sciences (CCS), a national inter-university research facility, was established in 2004 to further the development of computational sciences. Today we spoke with Associate Professor Tomoteru Yoshie of the Division of Particle Physics and Astrophysics and Associate Professor Osamu Tatebe of the Division of High Performance Computing Systems about JLDG, the data grid created for particle physics research, and about SINET’s role therein.
(Interview date: July 1, 2008)
SINET3 is currently facilitating neutrino research at the Kamioka Observatory, which is run by the University of Tokyo’s Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR) and known for its Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector. We spoke with two of the Observatory’s staff, Associate Professor Yasuo Takeuchi and Project Researcher Yumiko Takenaga (in charge of public relations), and asked them about the importance of networks in cutting-edge physics research. (Interview date: June 23, 2008; updated January 18, 2010)