The Distributed ASCI Supercomputer 3

About the name...


DAS is an acronym for the "Distributed ASCI Supercomputer". As our current wide-area computing installation is the third in a sequence, we refer to it as: DAS-3.



ASCI is an acronym for "Advanced School for Computing and Imaging", a Dutch graduate school established in 1993 and accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Research groups of Delft University of Technology, Vrije Universiteit, University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, University Utrecht, University of Twente, University of Groningen, Eindhoven Technical University and the Erasmus University Rotterdam participate in ASCI.


...and the other meanings of DAS in Dutch


The word 'das' has two completely unrelated meanings in Dutch:

  • Badger, the burrowing animal with short, thick legs, and long claws on the fore feet. 'Badger' is quite in keeping with our tradition of naming projects after black-and-white animals, (e.g.: Orca, Panda, Albatross, MagPIe, and Manta).

  • Necktie, or the thing that reduces the bloodflow to your head in case you are in pursuit of a career.

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