Analysis & opinion

25 November 2015

Even when shes down the pub drinking her beer, Gloria Metrick cant stop thinking about informatics

12 November 2015

High-performance computing can help pharmaceutical companies cut the time they spend on research and development, but as Richard Holland of the Pistoia Alliance points out, HPC is not a panacea and its deployment needs to be nuanced and appropriate

11 November 2015

Perversely, academic research penalises expert software developers for providing the tools on which the research relies. Time for a change, says Simon Hettrick of the Software Sustainability Institute.

28 October 2015

Research projects and centres of excellence are to be funded by the European Commission as part of its strategy to coordinate European HPC efforts, Tom Wilkie reports

09 October 2015

Big data and cloud computing are thriving in commerce and business, but scientific and engineering applications appear to be lagging behind. Tom Wilkie reports from the ISC Cloud and Big Data conference

08 September 2015

Tilo Wettig describes the unusual design of a supercomputer dedicated to solving some of the most arcane issues in quantum physics

13 August 2015

Robert Roe explores the efforts made by top HPC centres to scale software codes to the extreme levels necessary for exascale computing

28 July 2015

In her final article on the challenges facing long-established informatics software vendors, Gloria Metrick considers their expansion into new markets but concludes that, as ever, the customers needs are the driving force

27 July 2015

Supercomputers deliver only a few percent of their theoretical peak performance so people should reset their expectations of exascale, Tom Wilkie heard at ISC High Performance earlier this month

26 July 2015

Tom Wilkie reports on two US initiatives for future supercomputers, announced at the ISC in Frankfurt earlier this month

24 July 2015

The challenge of opening up high-performance computing to smaller companies, and some national solutions to the problem were discussed at ISC High-Performance in Frankfurt last week. Tom Wilkie discovered that commercial, cloud-based solutions for small companies were also on display

23 July 2015

Germany is opening a window on its national HPC provision, in the hope that academic researchers and industrial users will beat a path to its door, as Tom Wilkie discovered at ISC High Performance in Frankfurt last week



Building a Smart Laboratory 2018 highlights the importance of adopting smart laboratory technology, as well as pointing out the challenges and pitfalls of the process


Informatics experts share their experiences on the implementing new technologies and manging change in the modern laboratory


This chapter will consider the different classes of instruments and computerised instrument systems to be found in laboratories and the role they play in computerised experiments and sample processing – and the steady progress towards all-electronic laboratories.


This chapter considers how the smart laboratory contributes to the requirements of a knowledge eco-system, and the practical consequences of joined-up science. Knowledge management describes the processes that bring people and information together to address the acquisition, processing, storage, use, and re-use of knowledge to develop understanding and to create value


This chapter takes the theme of knowledge management beyond document handling into the analysis and mining of data. Technology by itself is not enough – laboratory staff need to understand the output from the data analysis tools – and so data analytics must be considered holistically, starting with the design of the experiment