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The right prescription

Are informatics solutions keeping up with trends in pharma? Beth Harlen speaks to industry figures

The long road

A level of debate surrounds the question of how and when we might reach exascale computing. Industry experts share their views on the subject

Too big for its boots

The rise and rise of big data promises to drive increasingly imaginative scientific computing approaches, 
says Felix Grant

Where's the beef?

With the food and drink industry hit by another scandal, Beth Harlen questions what informatics can do to prevent future occurrences

Meeting demand

Once the sole domain of researchers with access to large budgets, high-performance computing is coming to the masses. Beth Harlen reports

Trials, tests and tribulations

Kevin McNulty, director of product marketing for life sciences at Intralinks, explores the technology behind secure collaboration within the life sciences industry

Taming turbulence

Beth Harlen investigates why turbulence remains one of the great unsolved physics problems

Pretty as a picture

What is the impact of the graphical visualisation of data within scientific computing? Felix Grant investigates

The rise of Hadoop

Hadoop, an open source software project for distributed computing, is becoming synonymous with big data. Beth Harlen speaks to industry experts to find out why

Keeping it cool

As data centres come under increasing economic and environmental pressures, Beth Harlen explores the impact of the latest cooling solutions

Free and easy?

Gary Tyreman, CEO at Univa, reveals why users of open-source software crave the most support

Advancing computing

François Robin, Jean-Philippe Nominé and Torsten Wilde share PRACEs perspective on HPC cooling

The optimisation conundrum

Carlo Poloni, president of Esteco and Engineering Professor at University of Trieste, argues in favour of optimisation

Earth, wind and fire

From natural disasters to natural resources, modelling and simulation software is improving knowledge, as Warren Clark discovers

All part of the service

The unique requirements of contract research organisations (CROs) demand the deployment of sophisticated informatics systems, as Beth Harlen discovers

The changing face of computational chemistry

Chemistry software will be split between expert tools for computational chemists and 3D desktop modelling tools to support the work of medicinal chemists, says Dr Martin Slater, director of consulting at Cresset

Body of evidence

Beth Harlen presents two case studies exploring how modelling and simulation are changing the face of medical research

The joy of text

Teasing out valuable data from a sea of text is no mean feat, as Felix Grant discovers

From farm to fork

The depth and quality of testing within agriculture is vital for ensuring food safety. Three experts share their views of how informatics aids the process

Connections changing in HPC

At first we connected our computers with Ethernet. Then InfiniBand started to dominate in HPC. Now, with RDMA over Ethernet readily available, we are starting to see a shift back to Ethernet for many systems. Paul Schreier looks at the prospects

Finding the right solution

When it comes to buying a LIMS, theres a right way and a wrong way. Autoscribes founder and CEO, John Boother, explains

Powering the future

Beth Harlen reports on the use of modelling and simulation tools in the design, development and testing of alternative energy technologies

Going places

From rocket testing to rapid transport systems, Felix Grant investigates statistics and data analysis in transport

Tapping into laboratory computing

The journey of water from reservoir to tap involves many tests. Siân Harris finds out why systems such as LIMS play an important role in environmental labs

In the data centre

What is the current data centre landscape like? Industry experts share their experience

Hunting for the rare beast

Recruiters at HPC facilities face a huge challenge due to the shortage of qualified applicants. They are turning to social media and increased support for academia, as Paul Schreier found out

Cooling IT

How do we tackle the problem of energy efficiency in HPC centres? Dr Giampietro Tecchiolli, Eurotech CTO, offers his thoughts

Coming to a resolution

The future of climate modelling is tied to the promise of exascale computing power. Three industry experts discuss the possibilities

Modelling takes off

Whether out of necessity brought on by mounting physical testing costs, or simply as a result of increased experience, aerospace is embracing simulation. Beth Harlen reports

Fire, flood, pestilence and war

Playing with complexity is part of the professional life of a statistician, and nowhere is this more evident than in ecology, as Felix Grant explains

Refining the oil processes

The petrochemical industry is big, efficient and never sleeps. Siân Harris finds out what role informatics plays in keeping this industry running

Unobtrusive power

Compute power means CPUs, CPUs mean heat and heat generally means noise. To quiet things down, developers of deskside HPC systems increasingly turn to liquid cooling, as Paul Schreier discovers

On balance

Multi-parameter optimisation (MPO) in drug discovery is an area thats had incredible uptake recently, says Matt Segall, Optibriums CEO. He explains why

Food safety first

Facing mounting pressures to ensure full traceability, quality and regulatory compliance, food and drink companies turn to informatics. Beth Sharp investigates

A blending of strengths

With the adoption of new device technologies and widespread use of heterogeneous systems, the nature of HPC systems and even the definition of a server are changing. Paul Schreier explains

Going through the process

Mapping production processes is far from simple given the many aspects that need consideration. Industry professionals offer Beth Sharp their views

Tried and tested

Beth Sharp explores the informatics landscape in pharmaceutical testing laboratories

At your service

Self-service informatics solutions - are they really what theyre cracked up to be? Dr Stephen Gallagher, CEO at Dotmatics, shares his view

Integrating for success

Molecular modelling has become a staple tool of the pharmaceutical industry but it is at its most useful when combined with insight from the lab, writes Siân Harris

In this case

Felix Grant delves into the real-world application of statistical software

Painting by numbers

From Baroque painters to the aesthetics of environment, Felix Grant turns his attention to statistical analysis in the arts

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