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Extending Climate Research at ESMF

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

UC Irvine supercomputer allows simulations up to 300 years in the future By Charlie Zender Earth's climate, and mankind's influence on it, is continually changing. Scientists around the world study the impact of human influences, such as global warming and pollution, on natural climate cycles such as El Nino, polar-ice movement and chemical cycles

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Biology and Astrophysics: Closer than you may think!

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Spoiler Warning! This is actually a sneaky continuation of my last tirade on the mathematical education of biologists. One of my favorite information gathering exercises is to go the Web, type "mathematics + biology" into a search engine, and peruse the results (usually 50 to 200 returns, depending upon the engine).

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See What I'm Saying

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Developments in gesture recognition Bill Weaver, Ph.D I took the most important course I have ever taken during my junior year in high school — Business Typing. At first it was a very slow go. I had previously pecked around the keys a few times, but I knew if I was headed to college I had

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Spiders, Agents, and Bots, Oh My!

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

It's not all that difficult to write your own John R. Joyce, Ph.D. Have you ever wondered how all of the information is gathered for the large Web databases? After all, in most cases an organization can't afford an army of people to go out, surf, and index the Web. Even if they

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Sympathy for the Devil

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Flash and fluff destroys project success Randy C. Hice I have a great amount of sympathy for those tasked with selecting vendors and products for complex laboratory automation architectures. The tools available to them are few, and the very nature of the industry revolves around

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FTP Clients Revisited

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Essential tools for moving data over the Internet John R. Joyce, Ph.D. Last month, we took a look at some Windows utilities that can be very useful on a daily basis. This month, let's take a look at another set of utilities that, while you may not need to use them as frequently, are still essential

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LIMS and ERP Together in Perfect Harmony

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Synergistic partnership helps AH Marks improve productivity John Boother LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems) underpin the infrastructure of academic and commercial laboratories throughout the world. Their basic function is to handle data from sample registration right through to analysis and reporting stages. However, not all laboratories rely solely on a single LIMS

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Breathe Deeply: Doom is in the air

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

It doesn't take Nostradamus to recognize that lack of project sponsors is akin to a slow-moving Albatross circling the stern of a ship taking on water Randy C. Hice There was bad karma in the air, and apparently much more. Hundreds of students and faculty were shoving their way through the doors as though a band of ravenous wolves were nipping at their heels

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Innovative HPC System Architectures Needed to Meet Demands of Earth Sciences Community

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Improved simulation accuracy and execution time vital in disaster mitigation Per Nyberg & Ilene Carpenter The Earth Sciences have traditionally played a key role in defining the requirements of high performance computing (HPC) platforms. As early HPC adopters, scientists studying the weather and climate pushed HPC systems to their limits

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Matching Laboratory Software to Workflows

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Is the tail wagging the dog? David Hessler A common complaint among laboratory software purchasers today is that commercially available product choices have serious limitations, requiring the users to adjust their workflows and practices, even database choices. We find that this is a source of ongoing frustration and dissatisfaction in our

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When Does a Cluster Become Greater than the Sum of its Parts?

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

The hunt for the right commodity interconnect Scott Studham A cluster of workstations may reach the vaunted classification of "supercomputer" when you can run tightly coupled

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Won't Hold Still

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Frequency analysis with the Hilbert-Huang Transform Bill Weaver, Ph.D We start to look at vectors and their importance to motion analysis around chapter three of the freshman physics text. By that time, the related concepts of position, displacement, velocity and acceleration have been introduced, and we start with

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The Fastest Computers in the World

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

The prospects for another Earth-Simulator-like event in 2005 are very good Horst D. Simon Since 1993, the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers has been released twice a year. The publication of the 23rd list a few weeks ago during the International Supercomputer Conference in Heidelberg, Germany, was a much-anticipated and closely watched event

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Successful LIMS Projects: Lessons from Experience

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Vance V. Kershner, President, LabWare, Inc. Being a LIMS vendor for over ten years offers a unique vantage point to observe what makes the industry tick and to understand what works and what doesn't. As much as things change, so do they stay the same from a principle point of view.

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Using Statistics to Improve the Quality of Genomic and Proteomic Data

July 31, 2004 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Simple method reduces noise in measurement platforms Tom Downey Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies today are investing billions of dollars collecting, storing, and analyzing data from new genomic and proteomic technologies. It is expected that analysis of this data will result in the discovery of new biomarkers and improve the

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