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Grid and cluster computing for radiotherapy

February 28, 2006 7:00 pm | by Dr. P.W. Chin, Dr. D.G. Lewis and J.P. Giddy | Articles | Comments

Monte Carlo simulations bring much-needed accuracy to benefit cancer patients Dr. P.W. Chin, Dr. D.G. Lewis and J.P. Giddy Each year, over 11 million people are diagnosed with cancer, and seven million die of the disease. Radiation therapy, surgery, or a combination of the two, are able to cure about a third of these cases. Computer simulation of radiation transport is very useful for radiotherapy, both in research and in clinical routines,...


Heterogeneous Processing with Increased User Productivity

February 28, 2006 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Maximizing your return from parallel computing Ilya Mirman Scientists and engineers in virtually every field are turning to high-performance computing (HPC) to solve some of today’s most important and complex problems. With simulation replacing physical testing, more complex phenomena being modeled, and whole products or systems being simulated, technical computing...


Breaking the High-throughput Bottleneck

February 28, 2006 7:00 pm | by Katrina M. Waters, Ph.D.; Mudita Singhal; Bobbie-Jo M. Webb-Robertson, Ph.D.; Eric G. Stephan; Julie M. Gephart | Articles | Comments

New tools help biologists integrate complex datasets Katrina M. Waters, Ph.D.; Mudita Singhal; Bobbie-Jo M. Webb-Robertson, Ph.D.; Eric G. Stephan; Julie M. Gephart It's not your high school biology lab. Today's burgeoning field of systems biology takes researchers away from traditional one-gene-at-a-time bench experiments in favor of combining technologies from fields such as genomics, mass spectrometry, imaging and informatics to advance their...


Scrub That Disk Clean! A little conscientious use can really pay off

February 28, 2006 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

We have previously addressed how files are stored on disk media, with particular emphasis on systems running the MS Windows and DOS operating systems. As you may recall, at that time we were particularly interested in recovering files that had been deleted or were lost due to disk corruption errors. We were able to do this because these systems did not actually delete the files when you clicked “Delete” or dragged them to the recycle bin.


A Real Cliff Hanger: The high cost of saving money

February 28, 2006 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

The most expensive choice you will ever make Randy C. Hice Lessons are good, lessons are safe, and lessons are wise. I wish I could sometimes be as convincing when I see “bail-out projects.” This is when you get the call that a customer has been implementing an informatics project and things have gone woefully wrong. In every case I’ve seen in the past six or eight years, the root cause came down to money


Information Visualization Brings Data into Sharper Focus

January 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Michael Freedman | Articles | Comments

Analyzing greater volumes at improved resolution that allows access for all levels Michael Freedman Data mining is an information extraction activity that seeks to discover hidden facts contained in large relational databases. However, reports generated from a data mining project may be difficult for non-technical users to understand. These reports are typically summarized to make them more easily understood.


Extreme Resolution Visualization Enables New Discoveries

January 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Laura Monroe, Ph.D., Steve Stringer, Jeff Brum and Bob Tomlinson | Articles | Comments

Advancing the nature of predictive simulation science Laura Monroe, Ph.D., Steve Stringer, Jeff Brum and Bob Tomlinson Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, NM, has been using advanced visualization to solve complex problems since the late 1990s. Funded under the direction of the U.S. National Nuclear Safety Administration, its mission is to maintain the U.S. government nuclear stockpile without underground testing. The Advanced...


Comparative Statistical Software Review

January 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

What follows is a long exercise in patient digging. I had done a short review like this many years ago and our editor-in-chief thought that it might be a good idea to bring it up to date. I now have the master template that will allow updates on a more timely basis as well as extension into other areas (a similar review for mathematical, as opposed to strictly statistical, software is in the back of my mind)


Focus on Knowledge

January 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Knowledge-enhanced electronic logic programming Bill Weaver, Ph.D. Valley Forge, Pennsylvania earned its reputation for nasty winters during the Revolutionary War. By the time we roll into February around here, the phrase “warm and fuzzy” elicits thoughts of dry mittens, cozy fleece jogging suits, and slippers being heated by the fireplace. During the 2000 U.S. Presidential election, the term “fuzzy” was used as a pejorative to describe the “...


Formatting Crystal Strings: Flexibility in designing reports can translate into increased usability and clarity

January 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

For those working with Crystal Report Writer, now a product of Business Objects SA, a problem frequently encountered is how to format objects, be they text strings, formulas or database fields. There are basically three different ways that you can go about it, at least in Crystal 9, which is what I'm currently using. Supported features vary between versions and, occasionally, with the product patches installed.



January 31, 2006 7:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Where is the cat? Randy C. Hice My houseguest discretely excused himself and went into the bathroom near the living room. I glanced at the door as it closed behind him, and waited for the fun to begin. Moments later, I heard the hurricane-like howl. He came out, white as a ghost, and still zipping and tucking. “What the hell was that?” he asked. “That’s the Power Potty. How do you like it?” “It scared me. I thought a tornado was coming through the...



January 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Waters Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

MassLynx is a high performance mass spectrometry data program, used in conjunction with the company’s line of mass spectrometers, that provides a data platform for acquiring, analyzing, managing and distributing mass spectrometry information.


Matrix Gemini LIMS

January 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Autoscribe Limited | Product Releases | Comments

Matrix Gemini LIMS offers OneTime Configuration tools that automatically create a unified configuration for both desktop and Web use. Once a screen has been built, it is immediately available on the network or the Web. The LIMS also allows existing customers to migrate their current desktop applications to the Web without programming.


Retriever 3.0

January 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Retriever version 3.0 is Web-based data extraction and presentation software that enables secure access to laboratory data regardless of the originating data system. It extracts, aggregates and transforms data into laboratory information


XDA 2.8

January 31, 2006 7:00 pm | Teranode Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

TERANODE XDA 2.8 is an informatics and model-driven platform that automates experiment designs without programming. Machines’ utilization and process throughput can be optimized by dynamically



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