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FLoid Cell Imaging Station Demo at the Bugnon facility PDF
Written by Yannick KREMPP   
Monday, 12 March 2012

Invitrogen was kind enough to install a demo system of their latest device: FLoid Cell Imaging Station, within the CIF Bugnon.



This system provides a very simple and straightforward way to acquire basic images of tissue and cells (living or not), in brightfield or fluorescence.

A full description of the system is available directly on Invitrogen's website.






You can request a demo with your own sample simply by emailing either Jean-Yves Chatton or Yannick Krempp (both The demo system will be available until Thursday the 15th.

The CIF Staff. 


CIF user account expiration - Starting March the 1st PDF
Written by Yannick KREMPP   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Dear CIF Users,

within the next weeks you might get this type of error message when you'll try to log in :














This means that your account has... expired. This is actually normal, because it's the only only way for the CIF to automatically deactivate user accounts when they leave their group, job, etc... and not keeping ghost accounts active.

Moreover, if you've changed your affiliation, this is the occasion for us to check if we still have the correct billing information.

So what to do when you're facing this error message ?

- First check that error message mentions account expired, and not wrong login/password.

- If it's an account expiration message, just contact the local technical manager to refresh your credentials.

As the booking system is a separated component, if your account has expired you can still book the systems !

This is important: if you're booking a slot after march the 1st, please consider writing an email to the technical manager before that booking occurs to check your account.


The CIF Staff. 

BUGNON - Leica SP5 is down PDF
Written by Yannick KREMPP   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Leica SP5 setup is down until further notice. We suspect a hadware error and we have to wait for the Leica technician to check this up. 

We're sorry for the incovenience. We'll keep you informed as soon as we have updates on this system's status.

The CIF Staff. 



UPDATE : The Leica SP5 is up and running again. Blame windows updates on the servers for that. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 February 2012 )
A fresh newsletter is availble ! PDF
Written by Yannick KREMPP   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Dear CIF users,

most of you have probably already received this newsletter via email. If you've missed it, you can downlaod it in the downloads section of this website, newsletter.

We hope you'll enjoy it.

The CIF Staff. 

Powerful new workstations about to land in you facility. PDF
Written by Yannick KREMPP   
Tuesday, 14 February 2012


Here are the specifications of these new machines:

CPU: 2x Xeon X5550 2.6 GHz

RAM: 48 Gb RAM

GPU: Asus nVidia GTX580 DCII 1536 Mb

HDD (System): 2x SSD 120 Gb Raid 0

HDD (Storage): 1x HDD 2 Tb

Display: 24” Eizo Foris

OS: Windows 7 Pro x64



Each facility, at Bugnon, Dorigny and Epalinges, will be granted with one exemplar of this beafy workstation during this week.

These workhorses have been designed to deliver the best experience achievable for graphic and CPU intensive applications. Imaris (3D reconstruction and analysis), Huygens (Deconvolution), and even Photoshop will benefit from this raw power.

We encourage users willing to use these workstations to check their availability on the booking system, where they will appear under their respective names: KRAKEN-B, KRAKEN-D, and KRAKEN-E, in the image processing area.

(Disclaimer: even if image processing stations are free of charges, reservation is MANDATORY). 

Users with less demanding projects are encouraged to use the "older" workstations, and leave the Krakens available for other studies.
We hope you'll enjoy these machines, and be sure to report any issue you may encounter to your local technical manager, or directly to Yannick KREMPP.
The CIF Staff. 
Update: we have the first results ! Compared to the older workstations, a deconvolution using Huygens is now 60-80 times faster, literally turning the image processing time from an hour to a minute ! We hope you'll enjoy them.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 February 2012 )
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