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Yuichi Nakamura,
Director of Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies
 



Sustainable Innovation of IT Services and Exploitation for Advanced Research

The Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies (ACCMS) is a unique institute that pursues advanced research issues and practical applications for education and research. 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 the nation-wide academic community with which we pursue collaborative research for further advancement. ACCMS has four research departments for networking, supercomputing, multimedia-oriented educational computer systems, and academic digital contents, in addition to collaborative research laboratories.

ACCMS designs and runs its advanced and high-performance supercomputer system and provides it for wide use both inside and outside our university. On a national level, we took a new step in 2010, when we established a networked COE with seven other leading supercomputer centers of national universities for inter-disciplinary high-performance IT infrastructures. This establishment redefines the importance of collaborative work, which we pursued by providing our computational resources and by cooperating for the development of supercomputing software and academic digital contents.

Research and development achievements of ACCMS are found in a wide spectrum of IT systems and services in our university. For example, we started KUINS-III, the current campus network service in 2002, when ACCMS was established. KUINS-III has been followed by many universities as a model of an architecturally and operationally secure campus network. Deployment of campus-wide wireless LAN service and integrated authentication service was promoted since 2006 as part of the UPKI inter-university federated authentication and authorization platform conducted by the National Institute of Informatics and the information infrastructure centers in the seven universities. Those IT services are operated through tight cooperation with the Information Management Department, our associate member of the Institute for Information Management and Communication (IIMC). With the recent reinforcement of IIMC, our focus is more on the advanced use of the IT systems, including the supercomputer, in order to strengthen research and education in our university as well as collaborative research with other universities.

ACCMS is a growing computing center that can deal with various research demands ranging from input and computing to output. It incorporates sensing technologies of humans, a system of large-scale and high-performance computing power with its software and media processing technologies, as well as the necessary visualization technology for presenting computation results. Through the effective use of these resources, we aim to contribute to education, research, and campus development. One of the targets is the analysis and utilization of educational contents, learning records, research data, and activities records.