5 most popular browsers were tested, in alphabetical order: Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Among others, the set of implemented encryption algorithms was verified, as well as efficiency of exchanging encrypted data under non-standard conditions in the network. However, the key part of the tests was the analysis of interaction between the browser and its user in cases of occurring different types of security errors embedded within browsed Web pages. For instance, an outdated certificate or unencrypted content within an HTTPS page cases were tested. It was verified whether the idiosyncrasy had been detected at all, and then – if the information about it was presented to the user in a visible, detailed and convenient way. The default settings of all browsers were assessed as well.
On the other hand, it must be clearly stated that the current stage of the tests did not concern potential vulnerabilities in the code of the browsers and any conclusions about quality in terms of software vulnerabilities must not be drawn.
It may be clearly seen that the vendors aim to create for their users conditions that would allow them to browse the Web in a secure way. However, the implementation of that goal varies between particular browsers (and sometimes is quite heterogenic within single applications). The amount of displayed information on errors that had occurred significantly varies among the browsers, which may be meaningful for particular groups of users in order to select their favorite application.
According to obtained results, no absolute leader or outsider among the tested browsers may be pointed out. In the subjective assessment of the report authors, the two most popular browsers (i.e. Firefox and Internet Explorers) fulfill the majority of basic requirements for secure handling of SSL/TLS encrypted tunnels, while Firefox appears to have better interaction with the user and slightly more secure default settings – and Internet Explorer appeared to be more efficient during sending data through encrypted tunnels.
Amongst the rest of the browsers, not so popular in the market, the report authors honored Opera for the most sophisticated error reporting facilities. It also seems that the developers of Safari still have the most work to do.
It also appears that using only one browser (not only in terms of SSL/TLS tunnels) is a solution that limits the opportunities to perceive various types of security problems – especially those users who are technically oriented.
The detailed report, summarizing the work done, may be downloaded from PSNC Security Team webpage. Currently it is available in Polish, but the authors will prepare an English, shortened version soon.
At the November GÉANT General Assembly (GA) meeting, its members voted for four open GÉANT Board Member positions. Cezary Mazurek, Ph.D., Director of the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center has been elected to this prestigious group.
HPC data storage system built and operated by PSNC has been ranked on the prestigious IO500 list (https://io500.org/), that compares the fastest HPC data storage systems in the World. PSNC reached #10 within the IO500’s Production category and #161 on the Full list.
The European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) HPC4Poland, led by the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, has received the BDVA i-Space Gold award for the quality and high level of advancement of available research and innovation in hubs across Europe.
Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center signed a cooperation agreement with the Marshal's Office of the Wielkopolska Region and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań to integrate and jointly promote the Spatial Information System of the Wielkopolska Region (SIPWW) and collections within the AMUNATCOLL project.
The first meeting as part of the EDIH HPC4Poland project took place in the PSNC Future Labs spaces on November 9, 2023. The consortium met to refine operational and business processes. PSNC, the project leader, was represented by Cezary Mazurek, Ph.D. Dr Adam Olszewski Ph.D., Tomasz Konopka, Jakub Kamza, Anna Bednarska and Wojciech Witczak.
One of the largest Polish scientific events related to biomedical engineering returns to Poznan. We are talking about the 5th edition of the Biomedical Engineering Conference, which will take place at Poznan University of Technology on October 26-27, 2023. The event is held under the honorary patronage of the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center.
"Quantum-ready, future-ready" - this was the slogan of this year's European Quantum Technology Conference (EQTC) held in Hannover. The event, held every two years, is an opportunity to bring together the European community developing and implementing quantum technologies - quantum computing, quantum communications and quantum metrology. It is an opportunity to meet both the scientific community and companies that commercialise and implement solutions based on quantum technologies.
Nearly 100 exhibitors, almost 2,000 visitors and over 50 speakers - these are the numbers of this year's fourth edition of Smart City Expo Poland held in Łódź on October 18-19, 2023. PSNC's exhibition booth will showcase projects implemented by the Internet of Things Technologies department, the Smart Kampus laboratory within the PIONIER-LAB project and other projects implemented around IoT and mobile applications.
On October 18 and 19, 2023, the final conference of the DARIAH-PL project will be held at the PSNC headquarters. The event will be an opportunity to summarise the three-year project implementation and to present its results. Participants will learn about the solutions and resources developed in various areas of the humanities and arts sciences, as well as the Dariah.lab infrastructure integrating these solutions.
Presentation of the ambisonic installation at the ISSET International Symposium on Sound Engineering and Tonmeistering
The ISSET International Symposium is organised every two years by the Polish Section of the Audio Engineering Society togetherwith Polish Radio S.A., the Warsaw University of Technology and Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. This unique event brings together many professionals, music school graduates, enthusiasts and educators. This year's edition of the Symposium (October 12-14, 2023) was attended by representatives of the PSNC, presenting their original ambisonic installation.
British quantum computer developer ORCA Computing has been selected by the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) to provide two ORCA Computing PT-1 quantum photonics systems. Funded under the Polish program, the systems will be installed at the PSNC’s high-performance computing data center located in Poznań, Poland and will accelerate its work in quantum computing across a range of scientific and application areas including biology, chemistry and machine learning.
As part of the cooperation between the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center and the Faculty of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, a study was carried out to present models of amateur sport participation during the COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor activities. The results of the research have been published in the latest issue of the university journal "Man and Society".
The latest issue of the American bimonthly magazine "Psychology Today" features an interview with Ed Fennell, with whom Michał Kosiedowski - Head of the Future Internet Services Department at PSNC - is working to prepare the next stages of work in projects developing technology to support interaction with the environment for people with profound multiple intellectual disabilities.
SLICES is a new research infrastructure on the ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) roadmap, bringing together 21 partners from 14 countries. The aim of the current work in the consortium is to secure support from member states and the European Commission in the process of building a modern research infrastructure for research on a European scale. Bartosz Belter, Head of the PSNC's New Generation Networks Department, gave an interview opresenting the specifics of the project.
We invite you to learn about the results of the Polish IBM Quantum Innovation Center within the framework of the first stage of activity in 2022. The document is the result of cooperation between many scientific and research teams in Poland and was created on the basis of the analytical, programming and experimental tasks performed with access to the resource infrastructure of IBM Quantum computers.
The 49/2022 issue of "Polityka" weekly featured an article prepared by the National Information Processing Institute (OPI) on several projects from the Polish Roadmap for Research Infrastructures: PRACE-LAB, NLPQT, DARIAH. Two of these projects - PRACE-LAB and DARIAH - are coordinated by the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center. PSNC is also a partner in the NLPQT project.