August/September 2006

Towards off-the-shelf integration for labs

At first glance, a laboratory information management system (LIMS) might seem to sit quietly in a laboratory doing its job without really changing. In fact, the reality is far more exciting for this unsung hero of the analytical process, as Siân Harris discovers

The maths package problem

Brian Cogan assesses some leading mathematics packages - and finds that an effective comparison is almost impossible

A parallel universe

Cheaper clusters, multi-core chips, and ever more complex problems to solve mean that the era of desktop supercomputing is upon us. Even Microsoft is getting in on the act, as Tom Wilkie reports

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