Second in a series on the electronic laboratory notebook market Michael H. Elliott Remember the days when everyone believed that computers were going to create "paperless offices?" The belief was that by implementing systems in areas such as accounting and administration, the need for paper would be eliminated. Despite billions of dollars in investment,
FEMLAB is interactive software for solving a variety of problems in science and engineering using partial differential equations (PDEs). A variety of model libraries are supplied, and it is possible to extend conventional models into other domains to solve problems involving coupled phenomena. Although an in-depth knowledge of mathematics and especially PDEs is not a prerequisite for program use, it would certainly help
Dramatic reduction in computation time can be achieved with clusters Conrad J. Housand, Christine K. Kovach & Peter Schaefer, Ph.D. >Modeling and simulation (M&S) is a well-established method for predicting the behavior of dynamical systems. Today's simulation software comes packaged as easy-to-use M&S environments. These tools need to support both model developers and model users
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
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).
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
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 could, it would take more than a small army to stay current with the existing Web, let alone keep up with its growth! In most cases, this data collecting, which is sometimes called aggregating, is done through the use of spiders...
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
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
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
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 tools for anyone moving data over the Internet or doing Web development. As you might have guessed, I'm talking about the frequently overlooked FTP clients.
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
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
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
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