9 October 2018

The next generation DAS, DAS-6, will get funding! For details, see the DAS Achievements page. DAS-6 is expected to become operational in the second half of 2019.

2 Jan 2017

DAS-5/VU has been extended with 4 TitanX-Pascal GPUs.

May, 2016

IEEE Computer publishes paper about 20 years of Distributed ASCI Supercomputer. See the DAS Achievements page.

28 Sep 2015

DAS-5/VU has been extended with 16 GTX TitanX GPUs.

About the name DAS

DAS is an acronym for the "Distributed ASCI Supercomputer". As our current wide-area computing installation is the fifth in a sequence, we refer to it as: DAS-5.

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, VU University, 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 a tradition of naming projects after black-and-white animals, (e.g.: Ibis, Orca, Panda, and MagPIe).

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