The Akka supercomputer

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In pursuit of antibiotics from the depths of the sea

In pursuit of antibiotics from the depths of the sea

It is becoming increasingly difficult to cure infectious diseases as microorganisms have become resistant to existing drugs. This is why researchers at Umeå University and the University of Tromsø have joined forces in the search for new antibiotics in organisms which live under extreme conditions in the Norwegian Sea.

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IT system which deals with peaks and troughs

IT system which deals with peaks and troughs

Instead of filling the basement with computers, those who wish to start a sales site or a TV channel on the Internet can easily purchase the exact IT capacity required. Data centres which supply infrastructure for Internet services must, therefore, be able to efficiently meet a capacity requirement characterised by strong variations.

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How do environmental changes affect lakes?

How do environmental changes affect lakes?

A comprehensive view of the dynamics in lakes provides new possibilities to develop practicable models for the ways in which environmental changes affect lakes and how much disturbance various lakes tolerate.

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Ten-tonne forest machines without drivers

Ten-tonne forest machines without drivers

Get rid of the cabin and the driver. Then, let the timber truck move by itself through the forest, over stumps, shrubs and stones, to a transport route, unload the felled trees, turn around and drive back to pick up a new load.

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Anticipate risks

Anticipate risks

The recent global financial crisis has shown that there is a need for better control of the banks’ risk taking. Kaj Nyström works on developing mathematical tools which can be used by the banks for, among other things, substantiated strategic business decisions.

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Cross-border interest for robots

Cross-border interest for robots

Researchers at Umeå University and South Korea’s oldest university Sungkyunkwan are cooperating to develop robots that can see. The methods will have applications which can be used with everything from forest machinery to health care in the future.

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The Akka supercomputer

The Akka supercomputer

The High Performance Computing Centre North (HPC2N) in Umeå has one of the fastest research computers in Europe and has both Linux and Windows operating systems installed. Its computing power corresponds to almost 3,000 interconnected personal computers.

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Splendid cooperation

Splendid cooperation

The lower the percentage of pollutants in discharge emissions and exhaust gases, the more sensitive measuring instruments are required. Researchers at the Department of Physics and the company Siemens are cooperating on the development of laser-based measuring instruments. The goal is that they will have the highest sensitivity and reliability possible.

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They create green factories

They create green factories

Almost all chemicals and vehicle fuels originate from fossil sources. Researchers and entrepreneurs along the coast of Northern Sweden want to change this. They speak of green energy and green chemicals for medicines, clothes and packaging. Their ”oil” is made from remains from trees and plants.