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Informatics bites back

From safety and nutrition to contamination and complaints, the food and beverage industry deals with it all. Rebecca Pool talks to key players to find out exactly why informatics systems are now so crucially important

Future clears for HPC

Global investment in high-performance computing is being ramped up in the headlong march towards Exascale, writes Robert Roe

Getting started

Implementing a new informatics systems isnt always easy. Rebecca Pool talks to laboratory and project managers to find the best way forward

The clouds are rolling in

Robert Roe investigates cloud and SaaS deployment models and the inherent flexibility and scalability they provide to users

Power and the processor

John Barr surveys the technologies that will underpin the next generation of HPC processors and finds that software, not hardware, holds the key.

The future of HPC in Australia

Lindsay Botten and Neil Stringfellow explain how Australia has developed a national HPC strategy to address the countrys unique challenges in science, climate, and economic development

Big Data needs networks

The way Europe has joined up its networks not only supports supercomputing on the continent, but also offers a model for international cooperation that might have lessons for the development of next-generation technology, as Tom Wilkie discovers

Tools for efficient computing

End-user scientists and engineers fear the complexity of running jobs in HPC. But there are software tool-kits available to help, as Tom Wilkie discovers

Streamlining aerospace design

Engineers want to work on designing new aircraft, so getting software packages to talk to each other is critical, as Robert Roe reports

Should we write out laboratory labels by hand?

A globally harmonised system for labelling all containers in the laboratory, drawing the information from the laboratory informatics system, would be a very good thing, surely? Not so, says Gloria Metrick

From the laboratory to the world

Technologies developed outside the laboratory and changes in the way global companies do business are transforming laboratory informatics, according to Tom Wilkie

Transforming life sciences with data and discipline

Kim Shah, director of marketing and new business development for the informatics business at Thermo Fisher Scientific, believes that businesses will become agile only through integration, innovation, automation, and intelligence

Collaboration all the way along the value chain

Max Carnecchia, CEO, Biovia, Dassault Systèmes, believes that the convergence of scientific and enterprise software will continue and that science-based organisations are becoming more social and global in the way they collaborate

Future prospects for LIMS

John Boother, managing director of Autoscribe, believes that these are exciting times to be in the LIMS business

Creating knowledge-rich value from data

Small molecule chemistry R&D is a relatively traditional subset of Scientific Computing World. Daria Thorp, president of ACD/Labs, looks to see if there is change ahead

Informatics fosters Science as a Service

Karen Madden and Devendra Deshmukh of Perkin Elmer Informatics believe that data democratisation will lead to analytics as a differentiator for drawing inferences in real-time, particularly as consumption of diverse, large data sets through mobile devices increases at a rapid pace

Make the tools easy to use

Blakelee Midyett, general manager of Golden Software, believes that usability will be the key to mastering Big Data

Controlling weather with a hammer?

Thomas Hill and Paul Lewicki, authors of Statistics: Methods and Applications, consider the outlook and trends in predictive and advanced analytics

Behing the technology trends

Jack Little, president of Mathworks, looks at the long-term transformations that will change how scientists and engineers solve their complex design and analysis problems

Simulation - an innovators dilemma

Dominic Gallello, president and CEO of MSC Software Corporation, believes that simulation is coming to the end of a 40-year cycle and change will be rapid in the future

Key challenges of the post-petascale era

Scot Schultz,director of HPC and Technical Computing at Mellanox Technologies, believes that interconnects are critical to the demands of big data today and that they will play a still larger role in the next generation of high-performance computers

Challenging, exciting, promising times

Giampietro Tecchiolli, CTO of Eurotech, expects the techniques of high-performance computing to become more pervasive but worries about shortage of skilled manpower

The best is yet to come

Although advances in HPC have been stellar there is even more still to come, says Mark Seager, chief technology officer, technical computing ecosystem, at Intel

New ways to see

Sam Mahalingam, chief technical officer, HPC/Cloud Solutions, at Altair, looks forward to a culture in which innovation flourishes as a result of human ingenuity and the creative application of technology

Education, simulation and optimisation

Over the past 40 years of change, two things have remained constant, Tom Wilkie discovers: the role of mathematics and the need for highly educated and talented people

Paperless Lab Academy

At the Paperless Lab Academy (PLA), which took place in
Amsterdam on 13 and 14 May, the importance of managing
change and the limits to data sharing were important
topics. Tom Wilkie reports

Exascale Challenges

The current buzz in the world of high-performance
computing is exascale systems. The next major milestone
is HPC systems that will be capable of executing an exaflop
- a billion billion floating point operations per second,
writes John Barr

Fields of data

Keeping track of agricultural data presents special problems for informatics systems, as Sophia Ktori finds out

Pharmas forward motion

The pharmaceutical industry needs new informatics tools if it is to master the age of personalised medicine, Sophia Ktori discovers

Drug discovery with data

In the second part of our series on computational chemistry, Siân Harris looks at the role of modelling and high-quality data in the pharmaceutical industry

Sound and science

Jean-Louis Migeot argues that acoustic simulation needs to be an early part of any product design and that software is now available to ensure it can be done easily

Masters of multi-tasking

Contract research organisations are using HPC to get the best out of pharmaceutical data. Sophia Ktori investigates

Compound benefits

Computers play an important role in the development of new chemical compounds today, writes Sian Harris in the first of two articles on computational chemistry

Only connect

How are high-performance interconnects managing to moving more data, faster, and over longer distances? Tom Wilkie reports

Simulation shifts gear

In the drive for efficiency, simulation is the key to powertrain design, as Warren Clark discovers

Testing times

Statistical testing need no longer be difficult or time-consuming, according to Felix Grant

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