The SINTEF Energy Virtual Lab (vLab) is a digital laboratory accessible online at any time from anywhere. It is based on state-of-the-art robust, secure and scalable infrastructure, and serves as a user-based virtual environment where you can research, develop, run and interact with your own models as well as with many of SINTEF Energy’s models in an intuitive and easily collaborative way.
The SINTEF Energy Virtual Lab is less limited than ordinary laboratories when it comes to what you can apply and work with, given its digital and flexible nature. This means that you can model and analyze pretty much anything if you can describe it in code. Thus, it may facilitate a new level of synergy and collaboration across fields and domains for - but not limited to – energy researchers and industry. By using this platform and its tools, we can communicate and collaborate on a technical level with less struggle than ever before. We can discuss and work together on specific models and cases in the same code while using the same files and environments, and we avoid duplicates and sharing issues that often occurs when handling these kinds of data.
The vlab is based on open-source tools such as Project Jupyter, Kubernetes and Docker. Through both Jupyter notebooks and full terminal access, users can create and view a combination of documentation, plots and actual code running from a live kernel in your web browser, which is great for explaining and visualizing scripts and high level code.
After entering the vLab with your own personal user credentials, you are immediately served a pre-configured, ready-to-go computational environment. This relieves you from the pains of configuring and maintaining a stable and up-to-date place for your data science needs, and instead freeing up time to work on your projects. Nevertheless, you can always customize it with your favorite packages and applications using anything that is compatible with Python, Julia and R in the frontend, and Linux in the backend.
SINTEF’s hydropower production scheduling model SHOP (Short-term Hydro Optimization Program) is one of the models available in the vlab. This means that it is possible to access the model's capabilities without installing any software, and learn to utilize the model with pre-existing interactive examples or by uploading your own test cases. This approach lowers the initial effort on behalf of the user, and it hopefully also lowers the bar for testing out the latest functionalities and fixes. The plan is to integrate several of SINTEF's other models and tools in the future.
Are you interested and want to know more, please contact us for further discussions.