SCS has received a development grant from the web3 foundation in Zug for developing a privacy enhancement for blockchains that are based on  Parity Substrate, such as Polkadot and its parachains. SCS will leverage Trusted Execution Environments, namely Intel SGX, to enable use cases requiring enhanced confidentiality or integrity of decentralized computation.

This means that you will be able to transact cryptocurrency privately, that you will be able to swap cryptocurrency across different blockchains without a trusted intermediary or that you can vote privately and verifiably.

The project is open source from the start.

Also in ML projects the usability of the user interface is key to success.

On the IBM Watson Platform, PDF documents can be used for the training of Machine learning (ML) algorithms. For this purpose, a large number of documents need to be annotated manually.

The annotation is an time-consuming work. Making a suitable tool available for this process step is key to success for IBM Watson.

 

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CCS Page Annotator
The page annotator allows the user to mark the various kinds of texts graphically. Thereby, a document model can be established.

On behalf of IBM research, SCS has created a web based tool for this task.

The SCS usability engineer has designed the user interface according to the requirements of IBM. During this process, a special focus was placed on self-explanatory and efficient procedures. Studies at IBM have shown that thanks to this user interface, the time spent on annotation work could be cut by a factor of 10 and more.

 

 

CCS Table Annotator
For tables, a dedicated table annotation pagehas been set up.

We congratulate IBM Watson Group, represented by Peter Staar and his team for the presentation of the poster at the SysML conference in Standford, CA.

Peter W J Staar, Michele Dolfi, Christoph Auer, Costas Bekas. Corpus Conversion Service: A machine learning platform to ingest documents at scale. SysML 2018.

Topics: User Centered Design, HTML5, Sass/CSS, TypeScript, Angular, D3

 

 

At the third TechEvent this year Dr. med. Thomas Baumann and Dr. med. et phil. Stefan Essig have shown us how telemedicine can support pediatricians when diagnosing hip dysplasia.

 

SVUPP is the Swiss association for pediatric ultra sound applications. Thanks to the new SVUPP Exchange Portal, the vision for telemedicine, designed for practicing pediatricians in Switzerland in the area of ultrasound, has become a reality. The digitalization of the imagery exchange leads to a fast and high-quality ultrasound examination of newborns.

 

 

 

 

The original idea for the SVUPP Exchange Portal stems from an assistance project in Mongolia, which has been supported by Switzerland and runs an evidence-based prevention program for hip dysplasia, a common development disorder in newborns.

 

 

 

Applied Technologies: Angular, TypeScript, Microsoft .NET Core, Event Store, MongoDB, OAuth 2

SVUPP – Schweizerische Vereinigung für Ultraschall in der Pädiatrie
SMPOPP – SwissMongolian Pediatric Project

The World Health Organization (WHO) assumes that over 25% of the medicine sold in developing countries and about 50% of medicine ordered online are fake. According to WHO’s estimations, the death toll in Africa alone amounts to 100’000 per year due to fake medicine. As a reaction to these figures, numerous governments worldwide are releasing more restricting regulations for pharmaceutical products (packaging, seals, verification etc.) and are obliging the industry to ensure the traceability of corresponding products.

The packaging plant manufacturer Gerhard Schubert GmbH considers it normal that his facilities ensure the total traceability of each product in every packaged unity and every packaging level (i.e. clusters, boxes and pallets) and thus meet the regulatory requirements of customers, as well as national and international requirements.

It is crucial that the track and trace functionality, as well as the implementation of ERP functions does not negatively impact the output and performance of the production facility. Moreover, it must feature the flexibility to be adapted by the customer when requirements change and must show a complete audit-trail.

Thanks to the modular architecture implemented by SCS, the various regulatory requirements concerning labelling and verification can be configured and expanded by the customer independently. Also, ERP systems of various manufacturers can easily be implemented. The integrated audit-trail ensures the required tracking of all relevant changes made to the system.

Applied Technologies: Microsoft .NET/C#, SQL-Server, WCF

The German company GLP Systems Ltd., based in Hamburg, is an innovative specialist in the area of information and automation systems for clinical laboratories. GLP Systems has revolutionized the sample transfer using a new approach: Similar to a Carrera race track, the sample vessels are individually moved through the laboratories and cold-storage rooms in intelligent CARs along lanes. Worldwide, lots of those systems are already being used, also in the Center of Laboratory Medicine at the Insel Hospital in Bern.

Figure 1: The pool of empty CARs allows for an efficient and automatic filling on the right lane. In the Tube Assessment Center (TAC), at the right rear of the picture, the samples are classified reliably by the SCS computer vision system and start their individual route through the laboratory.
Source: Center of Laboratory Medicine – Insel Hospital, Bern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incorrect analysis results are being avoided thanks to the SCS computer vision solution: The samples are being classified in purely visual terms using their shape and color only. Practically, the world wide range of vessel types is a challenge, since their characteristics oftentimes only differ slightly. Using a statistical evaluation; those samples can be reliably identified despite their variations in production batches. Since the system automatically withdraws samples with unsure classifications, confusions are hence avoided. In those rare cases, employees check on the samples manually and guarantee for the mandatory safety.

SCS Service Tool
Figure 2: The SCS Service Tool allows a detailed status analysis. Thanks to rapid prototyping using MATLAB, the agile development took place quickly in a cost efficient manner and was soon ready for use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A service technician can quickly detect causes of uncertainties thanks to the SCS Service Tool: It analyzes and visualizes diagnostic images along with other data of the TAC. If required, a new series of images can be acquired and thus, the data pool used for the machine learning can be continually expanded. Applying this method, new types of vessels can easily be learned by the system. Moreover, new variations of known vessels can be understood better, therefore the recognition rate is steadily optimized.

Picture 3: Thanks to swarm intelligence, the CARs drive autonomously through a variety of modules (TAC, centrifuges, cap removers, analysis devices etc.) This allows for an individual and cost efficient analysis of the blood samples according to the Industry 4.0 idea.  Source: Center of Laboratory Medicine – Insel Hospital, Bern

The safety and availability of SBB railway infrastructures is ensured by the Infrastructure Monitoring business unit. SBB requires a “towed diagnostics vehicle” (gDFZ) to fulfill this duty and at the same time to provide an enhancement to the existing self-propelled diagnostic vehicle. The gDFZ can also measure the vehicle dynamics and overhead line. When in use, the gDFZ is drawn in a train composition consisting of a locomotive, a braking and a control car.

The central system forms the heart of the new vehicle. It not only adopts the interaction with the user, but also the analysis and the persistent storage and display of all measurement data.

The SBB has accepted the tender from SCS for the development of the central system (hardware and software). The successful concept in the public call for tender combines for the first time modular measurement equipment via open interfaces with the technology of a modern data centre and integrates them into a rail car. This flagship project meets all the essential features of an “Industry 4.0” application.

The Microservice architecture allows a modular, flexible, extensible and highly scalable solution. The result is a clear and extensible software environment, which is extremely well suited for further development over the entire life of the gDFZ and which can also be operated efficiently.

SCS also takes on the role of integrator for the overall system. System integration is the key success factor for the entire project. The chosen solution therefore supports the integration of all current diagnostic and support systems through a clear and systematic approach and through open, transparent and scalable system architecture. SCS has extensive experience both in the field of open systems, the integration of third-party systems and the development of “mission critical applications” including maintenance and support throughout the entire life cycle (Life Cycle Management – LCM), for example with the REGA communication system.

We are delighted with this award and the prospect of working with SBB and the suppliers of the other work packages, peripheral systems and vehicle modifications.

gDFZ-Komposition

Background information on the application:

The SBB infrastructure monitoring business unit is responsible for ensuring the safety and availability of railway infrastructure in compliance with the applicable regulations. The services provided by the monitoring unit are fulfilled using a mix of human expertise (route inspectors) and machine-determined diagnostic and prognostic data (Measurement and Diagnostic Technology). In the medium term the proportion of machine performance will increase due to the expansion of the industrial monitoring of the network and the commissioning of new high-speed lines (Gotthard and Ceneri Base Tunnel GBT/CBT).

Measured test runs are state of the art in railway technology and essential for professional investment management, particularly in the track and traction current asset classes. The measurements in the field of driving technology are mandatory because of the legal and regulatory requirements (including R 22070). Reliable, consistent and meaningful measurement data also provides an important input for short-term diagnostics (monitoring), preventive maintenance and the prognosis of the substance preservation. They form the basis for the medium and long-term maintenance control of the asset classes.

Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Cloud – all these terms are currently being discussed all over. However, most of the time, a common understanding is missing about the meaning of these terms and the way they are to be implemented in the industry. Also, the benefit for the customer is not always clear.

During a recent round table of the forum “Laufenburger Talks”, Dr. Johannes Gassner was invited as an expert to talk about this topic.

The article „Swiss KMU is ready – but the benefit is still unclear” was subsequently written about this roundtable and was published twice:

  • Article in the “Technische Rundschau”, the Swiss industry magazine
  • Article in the “Polyscope”, the magazine for electronics and automation

The “Internet of Things”, abbreviated IoT, has the intention to equip many electrical appliances with the ability to communicate with each other via the internet. Industry 4.0 stands for the pooling of technology trends and a vision of the way the manufacturing business may look in the future.

The „Laufenburger Talks“ offer a platform to discuss interesting, controversial and current topics among experts.

Contact person at SCS
Johannes Gassner

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The company Jöhl + Köferli AG offers tailored radio-transmission solutions. Supplemented by a control system, a central communication infrastructure for public transport emerges.

The comprehensive and reliable radio coverage of an area is always hampered by topographical and structural barriers. The single frequency radio network technology designed by Jöhl + Köferli AG solves this problem by using many spatially separated base stations, which guarantee full coverage of the concerned areas. The base stations emit information, which is synchronised on the same frequency. Thus, the frequency spectrum is used economically, allowing the use of simple terminal devices.

The voice connection between the control system and the base stations is achieved via voice-over-IP. The GPS-based synchronisation, designed to keep a precision up to microseconds, allows the simultaneous emitting of the signal at all base stations.

Supercomputing Systems AG (SCS) has developed a universal hardware platform, which is used by the control system (TMC) as well as the radio transmission site (BSC). It is based upon a multi core ARM Cortex A9 processor and the Altera FPGA technology.

Moreover, the Linux software and the FPGA firmware have been developed for the Voice-over-IP communication, the FSK modems as well as the call decoder.

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The platform can be used for the integration of a variety of other signal processing tasks.

Jöhl + Köferli AG use the module in a flexible and universal way and expand it according to the different requirement of the public transportation companies. Via a web-based configuration panel, adjustments can be quickly performed.

Conctact person at SCS
Christof Sidler

 

Compared to regular radiation therapy with X-rays, the proton therapy allows an even more precise localisation of the dose and therefore a high therapeutical efficiency with fewer side effects. Thus, it is highly significant when treating tumors that are located closely to important organs, for instance in the area of the head.

In November 2013, the „Gantry 2“ has started its clinical patient treatment. The applied high speed, intensity-modulated 3D-scanning method is globally unique. We congratulate the PSI Institute on this big success!

The beam control and the continuous monitoring of the beam parameters function with a system cycle of 10 us and ensure the highly precise and safe radiation. We are very pleased, that this innovative system – to which SCS contributed core parts in a common project– is now clinically operative in order to bring forth healing to the patients.

 

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Construction of Gantry 2 at PSI at an early stag.

 

Web-Links:

http://p-therapie.web.psi.ch/gantry2.html

https://erice2011.na.infn.it/TalkContributions/Meer.pdf

 

Graphic Processors (GPUs) offer better performance at lower costs and energy demand compared to regular processors (CPUs). A consortium linked to the Swiss National Supercomputing Centere (CSCS) in Lugano, the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, the Centre for Climate Systems Modelling (C2SM) of the ETH Zurich as well as other partners has established the basis for the application of these advantages in the field of weather forecast and climate simulation.

The huge market for computer games and the corresponding consoles has rapidly promoted the development of graphic processors. Instead of 2 or 4 cores, as they are found in common desktop processors, a modern graphics chip contains up to 2496 energy efficient cores. For years, scientists have been working on possibilities to make use of this computing power for scientific and technological applications. The following hurdles have to be overcome:

  • In order to achieve the required system performance, a large number of these graphic processors are necessary. Like in a classical supercomputer or cluster, the processors need to be closely assembled in rack systems all while being tightly linked, providing a high reliability. The CSCS, being one of the first purchasers of such a system, has essentially influenced its design and development. Since the commissioning of the machine named ‘Piz Daint’ at the CSCS, the fastest computer of Europe is now located in Switzerland.
  • The powerful GPUs are always used alongside generally applicable CPUs. This combination of different kinds of processors is called ‘hybrid computing’ and requires software adjustments, so that the various processing steps can be performed on the most suitable processor (GPU or CPU). Due to their design, consisting of many small processors, GPUs can only be fully used when thousands of tasks (‘threads’) are being executed simultaneously. The splitting of the computing task into many independent parts (parallelization) requires an exhaustive revision of the codes and can greatly increase its complexity. With the successful porting of the weather model ‘COSMO’, the consortium has realized calculating weather forecasts on hybrid computers for the first time. The ‘Domain Specific Language’ (DSL), developed by SCS, allows weather researchers to formulate their physical models in a most straightforward way, without the need of considering the architecture of the processor being used. The automated translation of this code, using our back end solution, generates a highly efficient code for CPU and GPU.

Thanks to the progress mentioned above, the weather forecast in Switzerland’s small and demanding terrain can be calculated even more precisely in the future and exceptional events like strong thunderstorms are thus more predictable.

 

https://www.cscs.ch/science/computer-science-hpc/2013/this-decision-is-a-huge-success-for-the-hp2c-projects

https://www.cscs.ch/publications/news/2013/promising-hybrid-computer-architecture-at-cscs/