Funding for DAS-6 - Lead by Henri Bal

October 22, 2018

The Dutch Science organization NWO has announced that the DAS-6 (the Distributed ASCI Supercomputer) proposal submitted by the DAS steering committee, headed by prof. Henri Bal of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, will receive EUR 500.000 funding to build the next-generation high performance computing infrastructure. The DAS-6 project partners (VU, UvA, Leiden, Delft, ASTRON, SURFsara and NLeSC) will together also invest over EUR 500.000 themselves in DAS-6. This will be the sixth time that a single project receives funding from the very competitive NWO program, which is quite an achievement.

The challenge of the new DAS-6 project is to study the feasibility of a next generation trusted ecosystem to face the proliferation of many developments in Computer Science, such as streaming applications, edge and fog computing, in-network processing, and complex security and trust policies. The DAS-6 research ecosystem will consist of 6 clusters with different functionalities, integrated into a coherent shared distributed system that is designed to fit the current research agenda of numerous Computer Science groups in The Netherlands. Over 60 funded research projects will use DAS-6 once it is operational, especially in systems areas like trust, security, blockchains, scheduling, big data, Internet-of-Things, and accelerators and in application areas like artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning (DL), and eScience.

The DAS steering committee will now work hard on starting the procurement procedure. DAS-6 is expected to become operational in the second half of 2019.

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