After the last calculator review, I had told myself no more; but it’s so much fun playing with these computational toys that my self-restraint flew out the window faster than a New Year’s resolution! After taking this calculator through its paces, however, I will at least examine the press releases to ensure a major upgrade next time. While a beauty to look at, and possessing truly powerful computational and graphics capabilities, ...
PCI Express eases migration from buses to fabrics Paul Gaudreau The peripheral component interconnect (PCI) bus has been the mainstay of computing since shortly after its advent in the early 1990s, and it has spread well beyond its desktop PC roots to provide a common expansion-board interface for all types of equipment — from modest home computers to sophisticated servers and everything in between. With the latest crop of multiGHz...
Upgrading laboratory processes in a flat world Bill Weaver, Ph.D. I recently had the great fortune of viewing an online MIT OpenCourseWare presentation of a talk given by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Thomas L. Friedman. He was addressing students on the topic of his book, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century , now available in an updated and expanded edition published in April 2006. Friedman is the foreign-affairs...
Four challenges to achieving an effective system Kathleen Kummer Compliance with federal reporting regulations has emerged as a significant requirement for publicly traded companies in the private sector. Much has been said about corporate compliance risks and fears. However, a new twist in the tale is the federal government’s effort to set tougher compliance rules for its own managers. Now it turns out that the regulators are also becoming the...
Quality Standards and LIMS Siri H. Segalstad LIMS are an important and complex system used in laboratories in many different types of organizations. There are several systems on the market, and this article is not specific for any of them. It is not always easy to know how to handle such a system in a quality way, but there are standards that can help us
R&D collaboration is becoming the difference between success and failure Scott Deutsch Market research studies have found that, of a researcher’s time, approximately 31 percent is spent communicating with others, 24 percent is wasted waiting for decisions to be made or for something to happen
In an earlier column, I discussed the phenomena of wikis. As you may recall, a wiki is a server application that allows users to collaborate in creating and editing Web pages using only a standard Web browser. The best known example of a wiki is the free encyclopedia, Wikipedia. A wiki can support hyperlinks and include graphics, but it is primarily a text-oriented tool.
The landscape is littered with the remains of failed projects that could have been saved if just a few key elements were addressed Randy C. Hice Preparation for informatics projects is at least half the battle, if not 80 percent of it. Successful projects require up-front planning prior to the rubber meeting the road.
The Materials Studio 4.1 chemical, material and pharmaceutical development modeling and simulation tool offers scripting that allows for automation and extensibility. Quantum mechanical
The STSA (Statistical Time Series Analysis) Toolbox is a collection of O-Matrix functions for performing time series and statistics-related analysis and visualization, including simulation
The SmartLab automated compliance system provides an interoperable data management platform for integration of all existing IT technologies used in the QC/QA lab. Blocks of calculations
The Geneus data and workflow management program is based on an open, configurable, integrating platform, and purposed for genomics and systems biology researchers. It facilitates
Empower 2 chromatography data management software acquires, manages, processes, reports and distributes data generated by ACQUITY UPLC and Alliance systems, as well as third-party instruments
The TotalChrom chromatography data system (CDS) manages the volume of chromatography data in stand-alone, thin-client or client/server environments. Features include the IRIS 3-D spectral
Version 7.5 of the KnowItAll Informatics System offers enhancements to many of the applications featured in prior versions, and features the Metabolomics Edition for metabolomics