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The Smitsborg, a University of Groningen building to the north of the city of Groningen at the Zernike area, is an infrastructural IT hub in the Northern Netherlands.

The building accomodates the Center for Information Technology, the virtualization room CAVE (Computer Assisted Virtual Environment), a supercomputer (Blue Gene), offices for staff, teaching rooms and some of the central servers of the University.

The buildings of the Zernike Complex were traditionally spare and business-like, constructed of concrete and aluminium and mainly functional. The Smitsborg broke with this tradition; the outside has not a single straight angle. There is a great deal of concrete and marmoleum inside, and the façade is covered with ceramic bricks.

Last modified:27 November 2017 12.11 p.m.
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