February/March 2010

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DATA ANALYSIS: FOOD

Food for a future

Science and scientific computing can buy us time to cope with the demographic timebomb of population growth, says Felix Grant

DATA MANAGEMENT: CROs

All part of the service

Contract laboratories must constantly adapt to meet the requirements of their clients and employ flexible data management solutions to do so, as Greg Blackman finds out

HPC: GPU PROCESSING

The GPU jump

General-purpose graphical processing units (GPGPUs) have been making inroads into HPC applications, but with the release of chips optimised for scientific computations rather than just graphics processing, this branch is poised to make major market inroads. Paul Schreier examines what's behind this upcoming jump in performance, and its implications

HPC: WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Let's talk about the weather

Stephen Mounsey discovers how high performance computing contributes to atmospheric science and improves the accuracy of weather forecasts

HPC DIRECTOR

Towards exascale

Arthur 'Buddy' Bland, project director for the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, describes the rise from terascale to petascale computing and the road to exascale

MODELLING: ANTENNA DESIGN

Software signals the way

With wireless capabilities being built into an enormous variety of products and gadgets, the challenges facing antenna designers are greater than ever. Paul Schreier examines how modelling software has improved to aid them along every step of the development and implementation trail

INSIDE VIEW

Living in a parallel world

Cleve Moler, co-founder of The MathWorks, believes the benefits of parallel computing should be open to all scientists and engineers, regardless of their expertise as computer programmers