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Designing the Next Space Telescope

December 31, 2007 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

FPGA-based test system delivers precision and flexibility Vineet Aggarwal The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990 with the goal of allowing scientists to see farther than ever before. During its time in space, the telescope has identified billions of new galaxies, some more than 12 billion light-years away. The ambitious nature of space exploration, however, is now taking scientists even further


Mixture Analysis without Separation Techniques

December 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Stephen Hill, Michael Boruta and Michel Hachey | Articles | Comments

Facilitating impurity detection with multivariate curve resolution Stephen Hill, Michael Boruta and Michel Hachey WaferTech, a U.S. semiconductor foundry, produces silicon wafers for a wide variety of integrated circuits for consumers throughout the automotive and medical electronic sectors. Achieving a high-quality production process for the myriad product-specific recipes that the foundry must create requires extreme attention to performance...


Reaching Out to the Next Generation of HPC Users

December 31, 2007 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

SciDAC Outreach Center provides vital conduit David Skinner, Ph.D. Everybody, it seems, is talking about the importance of high performance computing to the nation’s scientific, economic and educational competitiveness. From the president to Congress, government agencies to the Council on Competi-tiveness, the importance of helping new research communities gain access to HPC resources is widely discussed. But without connections to the...


Is Your E-mail Secure?

December 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

The privacy you save may be your own John R. Joyce, Ph.D. Anyone who uses a computer these days in more than an automaton capacity should be aware that unprotected data going across the Internet is always at risk. There is no one single way to protect this data


A Wild Ride with George Gerpheide (part 2)

December 31, 2007 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

When creativity and epochal intellect intersect Randy C. Hice In my last column in Scientific Computing , I introduced you to George Gerpheide, the father of the touchpad. My interview with my old high school friend spanned several months before and after meeting him


Graphpad Prism: A Very Nice Little Package

November 30, 2007 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Prism is statistical software for those analysts needing powerful yet not exhaustive routines. It was originally made for biological studies, but now includes several sophisticated non-linear capabilities as well as scientific graphing that would be useful to other scientists and engineers. The developers have attempted to make this a simple and intuitive exercise and, for the most part, have succeeded.


Understanding Digital Certificates: A beginner’s guide

November 30, 2007 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

When connecting to secure sites on the Internet you'll likely come across the term digital certificate. In simplest terms, a digital certificate is a data file containing one of the key pairs required for a public key infrastructure (PKI).


Statistical Programming, Genomic Analysis and the Future of Biotech

October 31, 2007 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

In upcoming columns, I may expand upon each of the three topics above. However, for now, let’s begin by talking about how statistical programming, genomic analysis and biotechnology’s future are interconnected. Each is intimately connected to the usual rants that periodically appear in this column. However, several recent occurrences have triggered this reevaluation of the supposed state-of the-art.


Tackling the Challenges of Exploratory Data Analysis on Large-Scale Data

October 31, 2007 8:00 pm | by Steve Reinhardt and Viral Shah | Articles | Comments

Rapid algorithm development in high-level programming languages delivers solutions Steve Reinhardt and Viral Shah Over the last several years, scientists and engineers have been overwhelmed with data from increasingly sophisticated data collection techniques. Often, the explosive volume of data collected surpasses the fabled Moore's Law of the computing world. This onslaught of data allows richer models to be constructed, leading to better...


Humanoid Robotics: The Math Behind Human Beings

October 31, 2007 8:00 pm | by Tom Lee, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Recent advances are blurring the line between sci-fi and reality Tom Lee, Ph.D. When we were kids, robots meant C-3PO from Star Wars. For the more seasoned among us, maybe Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet. Ever since Fritz Lang's landmark film Metropolis introduced us to the first big-screen robot Maria, the notion of the robot with human-like form and articulation has carried through pop culture. Recently, with the aid of some new...


The Future Looks Bright for Teraflop Computing

October 31, 2007 8:00 pm | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

Amazing power in the lab is feasible right now — and for a bargain price — but programming is required Rob Farber Wouldn't it be great to have a teraflop of computing power sitting in your lab, desktop workstation, or remote instrument server? Well, the computer industry is marketing that capability now in the form of high-end video cards — and for a bargain price — with more and better technology on the market horizon


The Best of Both Worlds

October 31, 2007 8:00 pm | by Séamus Mac Conaonaigh | Articles | Comments

Desktop LIMS via the Web Séamus Mac Conaonaigh Recent research has shown that IT decision makers are seeking software applications that leverage the transport capabilities of the Web, but provide the rich user experience of the desktop client. Technologies are available today which can enable the creation of such applications


Holiday Gifting Guide: Ideas for your favorite techie and beyond

October 31, 2007 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Okay, time to shift perspective. As hard as it may be to take notice of events outside the research center, the winter holidays are nearly upon us. As such, it behooves you to be sure you have appropriate gifts for those close to you, else you may be left with no place to go besides the lab! Fortunately, I've arranged another selection of gifts sure to appeal to everyone on your list.


Empower 2 Enterprise Data Manager

October 31, 2007 8:00 pm | Waters Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Empower 2 Enterprise Data Manager (EDM) is an enterprise option designed for networked environments that offers enhanced data management capabilities



October 31, 2007 8:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OMIX, provides a unifying, integrating informatics infrastructure for research labs, including clinical data and systems integration components to support translational medicine initiatives



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