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Yasuo Okabe,
Director of Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies
 

Toward Sustainable Innovation of IT Services

The Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies (ACCMS) has four research departments for networking, supercomputing, multimedia oriented educational computer systems, and academic digital contents, and collaborative research laboratories. The mission of ACCMS is not only to apply direct research products and advanced technologies obtained in the research to the infrastructural and multimedia information technology (IT) services in Kyoto University, but also to provide them to nation-wide academic community with which we pursue collaborative research for further advancement.

Our contributions to university's IT are found in a wide-spectrum of IT systems and services for which we tightly cooperate with the Information Management Department, our sibling member of the Institute for Information Management and Communication. For example, we started the current campus network service KUINS-III in 2002, when ACCMS was established. Our KUIN-III has been followed by many universities as a model of a secure campus network in the architecture and the operation technologies. Deployment of campus-wide wireless LAN service and integrated authentication service has been promoted since 2006 as a part of the UPKI inter-university federated authentication and authorization platform conducted by National Institute of Informatics and the information infrastructure centers in the seven universities.

As for the nation-wide collaboration, we have taken a new step in 2010 when we established a networked COE with other seven leading supercomputer centers of national universities for inter-disciplinary high-performance IT infrastructures. This establishment redefines the importance of the collaborative work, which we have pursued by providing our computational resources and by cooperating for the development of supercomputing software and academic digital contents. Furthermore, the revolutionary High Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI) has been constructed by connecting the flagship K computer and other major supercomputers in Japan, so that various users can efficiently utilize the nation-wide high performance computing resources.

The infrastructural and multimedia IT resembles public infrastructures such as electricity and water supply in the necessity of high stability and reliability, but at the same time has a unique feature that it requires continuous and rapid progress. Our center is a unique institute which always chases both of most advanced research issues and practical and real applications to fulfill both requirements.