ODISSEI Secure Supercomputer

In the ODISSEI Secure Supercomputer (OSSC), researchers can analyse their data linked to CBS Microdata in SURFsara’s high performance computing environment Cartesius.

In June 2018, Statistics Netherlands and SURFsara completed a successful Proof of Concept (PoC) of the ODISSEI Secure Supercomputer. The ODISSEI Secure Supercomputer consists of an enclave of Statistics Netherlands within the domain of SURFsara. In this virtual IT environment, researchers can analyse linked data in a high performance computing environment that meets the requirements of Statistics Netherlands in legal, technical and security requirements. This way, confidential information can be brought safely into the environment to be analysed with Cartesius, SURFsara’s high-performance computer.

The Proof of Concept investigated whether safe links between CBS microdata and the very large genetic dataset of the Dutch Twin Register (NTR), which is stored at SURFsara, were possible within OSSC. This linkage has been successfully established.

The PoC is now followed up by a pilot consisting of three research projects. These three projects are carried out by TU Delft (with CBS data and a GIS component in particular), CBS (complexity in social networks based on CBS data) and VU University’s Twin Register(linking genetics to register data, using DNA profiles already included in SURFsara). We expect to be able to present the first results early 2019. After successful completion of these pilots, the ODISSEI Secure Supercomputer will be further scaled up and subsequently opened to the wider research community.