It seems to be my lot in this slot to parade my ignorance of hot topics. My excuse is that the need to understand a new issue is a great incentive to venture out on to the web. Which is why I have been trying to pin down just what 'middleware' is all about. We first have to think about grid computing, which connects computers so that they can work together and operate as a distributed supercomputer. The computers in this grid can be anything that can contribute to the processing task to hand.
March / April 2004
It has been well known for some time that the feature-size of silicon chips will soon get to the stage where quantum mechanical effects will start to show. One solution that has been offered to the problem of continuing to increase the power of computation is to use quantum effects themselves to create a new paradigm of computing - quantum computing. It was always thought that a classical computer could efficiently simulate any computer architecture that could be imagined, but quantum computers seem to have broken this rule.
In January, the President of the Royal Society, Lord May, opened Britain's largest automated pathology laboratory, in Whitfield St, West London. But this was no ordinary laboratory run by a National Health Service (NHS) Trust. It was instead a partnership between one NHS Trust (University College London Hospitals, UCLH) and the leading private-sector provider of pathology services in the UK, 'The Doctors Laboratory'. It is evidence of substantial changes in NHS pathology services - and the LIMS systems that support them.
Sophia Ktori investigates the use of informatics software to increase data integrity in the laboratory
Tim Gillett reports from PRACEDays 2016, held in May in the city of Prague
Robert Roe investigates the motivation behind the architectural changes to Europes fastest supercomputer, Piz Daint, housed at the Swiss National Computing Centre
Robert Roe discusses the merits of the latest storage technologies, including a push by storage providers to develop end-to-end platforms featuring intelligent data management systems
As AMD launches its latest FirePro GPU, Robert Roe investigates a new suite of open-source tools, released by the company that convert code from CUDA into C++