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Rude Rumblings

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

A LIMS survey with an attitude Randy C. Hice More than a year ago, I sat at my desk darkly ranting about the various LIMS surveys, awards and ratings foisted upon the consumer market and the fact that my visibility in the industry has somehow transformed me into a magnet for a variety of marketing shills, scams and thinly-veiled exploitative Trojan Horses from all corners of the industry. Just last week, I was notified of a "LIMS Selection Guide"

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Starting from Scratch

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Reginald L. Drakeford, Sr. | Articles | Comments

With a new research facility, the Gladstone Institutes seizes the opportunity to plan scientific computing solutions from the ground up Reginald L. Drakeford, Sr. For 25 years, The J. David Gladstone Institutes was spread across several century-old buildings at the sprawling San Francisco General Hospital campus. Then in 1999, a golden opportunity for IT planning emerged: Gladstone, renowned for its basic research into the causes of cardiovascular, virological and neurological diseases, made the decision to build a new research facility from the ground up. The IT team would have the chance to work with architects, engineers and contractors on every detail

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The Future of HPC: A zero-to-sixty look at pivotal growth areas

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Phil Fraher | Articles | Comments

A zero-to-sixty look at pivotal growth areas Phil Fraher As more companies take advantage of high performance computing (HPC), two trends are emerging: visualization and the evolution of 64-bit software. Following is an overview of why visualization will be a necessary next step for data analysis, and software will need to evolve to support increasing power demands. Most companies still rely on historical data to help them make the right business decisions. Technically, historical review is the first of four data analysis frontiers, followed by visualization, predictive analytics

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The Glistening Ruby: An interpreted scripting language with an object-oriented heritage

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

To wrap up our programming topics mini-arc, I'd like to invite you to investigate a relatively new interpreted programming language, Ruby. Unlike many other scripting languages, it was designed from the ground up to be object-oriented. The impact of this object-oriented heritage will be obvious as you examine its functionality. Designed by Yukihiro Matsumoto, a.k.a. 'Matz', in Japan, it was first released on an unsuspecting world in 1995.

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Abuzz About ZigBee

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Low-power self-organizing data networking Bill Weaver, Ph.D. I recently purchased a 2006 Toyota Corolla with the goal of reducing the frequency of trips to my local filling station. In time, I may begin to miss my close friends behind the counter, but one thing I was startled to miss right away was the throttle cable to the Corolla's VVT-i engine. Similar to the "fly-by-wire" transformation experienced by the U.S. Air Force, "drive-by-wire" technology has trickled down to entry-level automobiles

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Tales of a Mummy

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Jennifer A. Miller, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Ancient Egyptian child introduced to the future of visualization Jennifer A. Miller, Managing Editor Allow me to redirect your attention from the norm, if only for a moment, as I take you on a voyage back in time over 2000 years to the land of ancient Egypt. The year is 1 A.D. A couple mourns the recent passing of their young daughter, Sherit, whose life has been prematurely terminated after suffering a lethal early-childhood disease. And so, the ritual begins. Paying tribute to the first known mummy, Osiris, the child's body is to be physically preserved, so that her "ka," or "lifeforce," can find sustenance

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GenStat for Windows 8th Edition General Statistics Package

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

As with most things, the more familiar are what we usually feel comfortable dealing with on a daily basis. In this case, although there are probably thousands of software packages pertinent to data analysis worldwide, we tend to concentrate on the ones from the U.S. It is therefore a nice change to see what else is out there and review a package from our colleagues in Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

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Virtual Experiments at the Laboratory Scale

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Simulating 3-D flames with unmatched accuracy Horst Simon Remember when "sticker shock" referred to the price of a new car — not the cost of filling the gas tank? Given rising oil prices, getting the most efficiency out of a gallon of gas has implications ranging from personal finances to national policy. Investing in combustion research at national laboratories and universities

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Tulane Speeds Simulations with Cluster Migration

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Eric Pitcher, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Completing biocomputing simulations in a timely manner improves research quality and allows more focused and valid results Eric Pitcher, Ph.D. Tulane University is home to the Center for Computational Science (CCS), a unique facility designed to provide computational resources for research projects across many disciplines. The Center provides an infrastructure for investigators interested in computational science to exchange ideas, produce research and establish new collaborations. One of these collaborative efforts involves a team of researchers performing computational simulations of multi-scale models

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The Changing Face of HPC

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Larry Jones | Articles | Comments

Remarkable growth in line with Moore's Law Larry Jones High performance computing (HPC) has been around for as long as the computer. While HPC has been a part of government and research institutes — such as NASA, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense

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Atoms Under Control

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Complex computing operations could be greatly accelerated through massive parallel processing in a quantum computer. The smallest units of information are known as quantum bits, which could be realized using atoms or molecules, if one can manipulate their position, quantum state…

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The 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2005 with one half to Roy J. Glauber of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA "for his contribution to the quantum theory of optical coherence;" and one half jointly to John L. Hall of JILA, University of Colorado and National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO…

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It’s Not a Mirage: Robots Roam the Mojave Desert Sands

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced the completion of the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005. Twenty-three robotic ground vehicles competed in a desert road test designed to advance autonomous technologies that could one day save lives on the battlefield…

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First Internet-built Student Satellite Successfully Launched

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

SSETI Express, a low Earth orbit spacecraft designed and built by European university students under the supervision of ESA’s Education Department, was successfully launched on October 27 at 08:52 CEST from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on a Russian Kosmos 3M launcher…

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'Urgent Quest' Helps Prevent Battlefield Friendly Fire

September 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories, along with partners General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. and Sierra Monolithics Inc., demonstrated the Athena Radar-Responsive Tag during Exercise “Urgent Quest” in the United Kingdom…

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