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Saving for the future

Greg Blackman looks at some of the data-management challenges facing biobanks and how these repositories of material are being used to advance life-sciences research

The value of pre-validated LIMS

Aaron M Jones, product manager for LIMS at Applied Biosystems, says the reality of COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) LIMS systems depends on the level of pre-validation offered by the vendor

Dedicated to science

Dr Peter Beckman directs the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) in providing the computational science community with world-leading computing capability dedicated to breakthrough science and engineering

Crisis management?

With the world of finance in meltdown, relying on HPC solutions to predict the future is vital, as Stephen Mounsey discovers

Beauty is skin deep

Felix Grant assesses the value of data analysis software in the development and use of surface coatings

Athletes go to the max

A variety of software is being used in the science of sports biomechanics to improve athletes' performance in safe ways. Paul Schreier looks at some interesting applications and the resulting improvements

Clusters have open-source roots

When setting up and configuring an HPC cluster, there is a wide variety of choices when it comes to tools: proprietary software from hardware or software vendors, many open source tools, and open source tools with commercial support. Paul Schreier provides a quick overview of the major players and their offerings

Illuminating optics

Paul Schreier reviews a sample of the applications and breakthrough products that advanced optics software have made possible

Driven by science

Professor Marek Niezgódka, Director of the ICM Centre at the University of Warsaw, explains why the centre heads the Green Top500 list and concentrates on open systems

A supercomputer chip for every man

While GPUs (graphics processing units) were initially designed to accelerate video and gaming, vendors of science and engineering software are using them to accelerate their code. Paul Schreier looks at the benefits for today and tomorrow

Criminal investigations

The increase in automation in forensic science in the last few years has led to a requirement for data management systems. Greg Blackman looks at the importance of LIMS in forensic laboratories

Weathering well

Gemma Church finds out how scientists are using HPC to predict climate and weather more accurately and efficiently

The human touch

Computing applied to the earth sciences will save human lives, according to Felix Grant

An energy crisis in HPC

Green computing is becoming important for HPC, not only for reasons of energy conservation and cost reduction, but also because data centres are reaching the limits of power available to them. Paul Schreier examines steps being taken to cut HPC power requirements

Driving NASA missions

Rupak Biswas, chief of NASA's Advanced Supercomputing Division, explains the challenges he faces running one of the most high-profile establishments in the world

Racing ahead

Gemma Church takes a look at how HPC technology is assisting F1 teams at the cutting edge of the sport

The sound of software

Paul Schreier explores how scientific software has allowed some remarkable advances in the area of acoustics, which in turn have led to some very innovative products

Responsibilities beyond technology

In the first of our new regular features on HPC directors, Stephen Winter, Dean of Informatics at the University of Westminster, explains how his role is as much about advocacy and marketing as it is about choosing and managing the technology.

Leading northern lights

Gemma Church looks at the range of HPC centres and projects undertaken in northern Europe, covering Scandinavia, Benelux and the Nordic Countries

A clean bill of health

Environmental studies often involve handling large data sets. Greg Blackman looks at some of the environmental monitoring applications using data management systems

Down-to-earth modelling

Increasing computer power and new software is making it possible to explore more areas of geological activity in so far unknown detail. Paul Schreier looks at some interesting examples

Pharma chameleons

Greg Blackman on the versatility of LIMS, ELNs and other data management solutions in the pharmaceutical industry

A universe of data

Paul Schreier visits CERN to learn about the computing resources needed for the world's largest ever scientific experiment

Turbocharging CFD

Paul Schreier examines how CFD software suppliers are customising their products to meet the needs of specific industries - in this case, for turbomachinery engineers

Biosample storage

Paul Schreier examines which functions are being added to LIMS to make them suitable for biobanking and points to several reference projects.

New dimensions in printing

3D printers are becoming more affordable and are breaking into new application areas. However, as Paul Schreier reports, were not yet at the point where files are as easy to print as with document printers - software for fixing and preparing files for rapid prototyping is still required

A career in HPC

Do you have a zest for problem solving and a passion for science? David Robson finds out why work as a high-performance computing consultant may be the ideal job for you

HPC for the desktop

Gemma Simpson looks at how software and hardware vendors are creating desktop HPC solutions specifically for scientists

The man who built ISC

John Murphy meets Hans Meuer, who has been involved with the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany since it began.

Virtual bodies

Paul Schreier examines progress towards accurate models built on the systems biology approach

Living the vision

Professor Kathy Yelick, director, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In profile: Chemical Abstracts Service

With its family of services for research scientists and information professionals, CAS aims to provide the best digital environment to search, retrieve, analyse and link chemical information.

Beyond the skies

Felix Grant looks to the heavens and sees scientific software shining bright

In profile: IDBS

Founded in 1989 and privately owned, IDBS is a leading provider of advanced software solutions for the drug discovery industry.

Driving innovation

Paul Schreier touches on the many uses of scientific software in the automotive industry

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