Facilities

The departments of Computer Science and Engineering have very good research facilities and highly values the maintenance of this standard, keeping them up to date, and ensuring they are used efficiently by academic staff members and students. Most of our computer science research sections have their own labs with specific equipment and software that can be used in research by MSc and PhD students.

INSYGHTLab
A highly visible facility which hosts experimental installations for display and interaction hard- and software. This showcase lab facility is focused on interdisciplinary research on computer vision, interactive intelligence and visualization.

Distributed ASCI Supercomputer (DAS-4).
The main lab infrastructure for our systems research is constituted by the Distributed ASCI Supercomputer (DAS-4), which has entered its fourth generation in 2011. This system, which was mainly funded by NWO, consists of six clusters of which one in Delft. As one of its distinguishing features, DAS-4 employs a number of HPC Accelerators (e.g., currently various GPU types, FPGA’s are also planned) and a novel internal wide-area interconnect based on light paths. We use this system for all projects in the programme.

• Build Farm
The departments of Computer Science and Engineering have setup a sophisticated build farm, for the continuous compilation, integration, testing, and deployment of the many open source components we develop. Our infrastructure builds upon NixOS and Hydra, and provides continuous integration for over 100 components from around the world. The computer cluster for software component management is a part of 3TU LaQuSo.

• Life science grid cluster with light paths to all Dutch UMCs (Academic Medical Centres).
To accommodate high-performance computing for some of our bioinformatics work (e.g. to execute large numbers of permutations, or, to search combinatorial effects) we have acquired a Life Science Grid cluster (32 cores, 20TB local storage) connected to similar clusters at 11 other sites throughout the Netherlands, as well as to the Dutch National Grid (BigGrid), with large grid clusters at SARA, Philips and Groningen. Connections with the recent cloud, hadoop and the multi-core Lisa system (and supercomputer Huygens) at SARA are also exploited for dedicated problems. An example of a problem solved using this infrastructure is the mapping of NGS data of the Genome of the Netherlands, measured DNA of 750 Dutch people consisting of up to 200TB of data the processing of which consumed a century of compute hours.

• Fully equipped audio listening/evaluation studio
This professional audio listening and evaluation room, designed in accordance with the highest international quality requirements (ITU-R BS 1116-1 standard), is used in the programme’s audio and speech processing research. The room contains high –quality audio equipment, among which Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus 800loudspeakers and Mark Levinson equipment.

• Delft Experience Lab
The New Delft Experience Lab, designed for user-centred design and evaluation and human perception research, was opened in 2008 as part of the NIRICT SEL. The lab is multifunctional and flexible and facilitates empirical research on interactive intelligence, now specialising on human perception.It is equipped with a programmable state-of the art lighting system, two eye-trackers, a stereoscope, a wall projector and multiple displays, speakers and recording devices.

• Terabyte: high uptime fi le server for P2P research.

• Large-scale wireless sensor infrastructure test bed. 

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