April/May 2009

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MODELLING BIOMECHANICS

Athletes go to the max

A variety of software is being used in the science of sports biomechanics to improve athletes' performance in safe ways. Paul Schreier looks at some interesting applications and the resulting improvements

DATA ANALYSIS: SURFACE COATINGS

Beauty is skin deep

Felix Grant assesses the value of data analysis software in the development and use of surface coatings

BIOBANKING

Saving for the future

Greg Blackman looks at some of the data-management challenges facing biobanks and how these repositories of material are being used to advance life-sciences research

HPC: FINANCE

Crisis management?

With the world of finance in meltdown, relying on HPC solutions to predict the future is vital, as Stephen Mounsey discovers

CLUSTER MANAGEMENT

Clusters have open-source roots

When setting up and configuring an HPC cluster, there is a wide variety of choices when it comes to tools: proprietary software from hardware or software vendors, many open source tools, and open source tools with commercial support. Paul Schreier provides a quick overview of the major players and their offerings

HPC DIRECTOR

Dedicated to science

Dr Peter Beckman directs the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) in providing the computational science community with world-leading computing capability dedicated to breakthrough science and engineering

INSIDE VIEW

The value of pre-validated LIMS

Aaron M Jones, product manager for LIMS at Applied Biosystems, says the reality of COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) LIMS systems depends on the level of pre-validation offered by the vendor