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Is Your Computer Thirsty?

April 4, 2014 10:48 am | by Rob Farber | Comments

Ahhh! There is nothing like a tall, cool drink of water when thirsty. Not surprisingly, computers also prefer liquid refreshment as opposed to air cooling when hot. The choice for the technologist resides in when to make the move to liquid cooling and in what type of liquid cooling system is most appropriate.

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Power and Cooling: The Sword of Damocles?

April 4, 2014 10:38 am | by Steve Conway | Comments

Fifteen years ago, power and cooling didn’t make the top 10 list of issues HPC data centers were facing. That changed quickly with the rise to dominance of clusters and other highly parallel computer architectures, starting in the period 2000 to 2001 and escalating from there. In IDC’s worldwide surveys since 2006, power and cooling have consistently ranked as the number two concern for HPC data centers

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Is TSUBAME-KFC a Game-changer?

April 4, 2014 10:23 am | by Kirk W. Cameron, Ph.D. | Comments

Here’s the pitch: “We would like millions of dollars to build a supercomputer capable of calculating 150 trillion floating point operations per second (TFLOPS). Hundreds of scientists will use the system to investigate the causes of global warming, drugs that may cure cancer, and the origins of the universe. The machine will be built from the most advanced equipment available from NEC, Intel, NVIDIA, Mellanox, and other manufacturers...

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State of ELN: Current Perceptions and New Paths

March 19, 2014 3:38 pm | by Michael H. Elliott | Comments

The market for electronic laboratory notebook software (ELN) continued its upward growth trend in 2013, though at a slower rate than in previous years. While software sales still experienced a healthy increase north of five percent, it was not the robust 20 to 30 percent experienced in years past. Product sales are estimated at $130 million, while an additional $100 million was expended on services, support and maintenance.

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Klaus Schulten Talks about the Evolution of Computational Biophysics

March 14, 2014 10:26 am | by ISC | Comments

At this year's International Supercomputing Conference, Professor Klaus Schulten will deliver the opening keynote address on computing in biomedicine and bioengineering. Schulten, a physicist by training, now devotes his time to computation biophysics. He has contributed to several key discoveries in this area, has garnered numerous awards and honors for his work, and is considered one of preeminent leaders in field.

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Big Data Meets HPC

March 7, 2014 2:49 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Comments

Steve Conway, IDC VP HPC explains that, to date, most data-intensive HPC jobs in the government, academic and industrial sectors have involved the modeling and simulation of complex physical and quasi-physical systems. However, he notes that from the start of the supercomputer era in the 1960s — and even earlier — an important subset of HPC jobs has involved analytics, attempts to uncover useful information and patterns in the data itself.

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SciFinder Review: Chemistry/Biology References and More

March 6, 2014 4:31 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Comments

This month’s review is a bit off of the usual track, e.g. statistical, mathematical and genomics software. However, it does include much pertinent information for chemists, chemical engineers and biologists. SciFinder is a search engine for chemistry and biology references for just about anything that can be accurately described in the search feature.

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Informatics Snapshot: METTLER TOLEDO LabX

March 3, 2014 11:39 am | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Comments

Welcome to Informatics Snapshot — a feature that highlights the standout properties of the current crop of laboratory informatics systems. While not intended to be a full formal review of the featured product or to indicate whether the product is considered “good” or “bad,” its purpose is to present some of the “diamonds and rust,” as the Joan Baez song goes. In this article, we’ll take a brief look at the LabX system

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Need for Speed: Ramping up the Velocity of Big Data

March 3, 2014 11:11 am | by William Weaver, Ph.D. | Comments

Big Data tools such as Grok and IBM Watson are enabling large organizations to behave more like agile startups. Of the transformative technology developments that have ushered in the current frenzy of activity along the information superhighway, the 1994 invention of the “Wiki” by Ward Cunningham is among the most disruptive.

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Create Mobile to HPC Applications using a Single Source Tree

March 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Rob Farber | Comments

Encryption and nuclear weapons are two easily recognized examples where a combinatorial explosion is a sought after characteristic. In the software development world, combinatorial explosions are bad. In particular, it is far too easy to become lost in the minutia of writing code that can run efficiently on NVIDIA GPUs, AMD GPUs, x86, ARM and Intel Xeon Phi while also addressing the numerous compiler and user interface vagaries

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Data Integrity in a Nutshell: Industry must take bold steps to assure the data used for drug quality decisions is trustworthy

January 7, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mark E. Newton | Comments

Regulatory inspectors have started digging much deeper into data, no longer accepting batch release data and supportive testing at face value. Even worse, this effort is justified: they have cited a number of firms for violations of data integrity, a most fundamental bond of trust between manufacturers and the regulators that inspect them. Industry must take bold steps to assure the data used for drug quality decisions is trustworthy...

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Comparison of FDA and EU Regulations for Audit Trails

January 7, 2014 12:02 pm | by R.D. McDowall | Comments

Data integrity is a current hot topic with regulatory agencies, as seen with recent publications in this magazine, and audit trails are an important aspect of ensuring this in computerized systems. The purpose of this article is to compare and contrast the EU and FDA GMP regulatory requirements for computerized system audit trails.

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A Fresh Look at the AnIML Data Standard

January 7, 2014 11:47 am | by Burkhard Schaefer | Comments

One of the challenges in laboratory data management is the handling and exchange of experiment data. Many vendors provide excellent instruments, but most produce data in their own proprietary formats. This leads to major difficulties for data processing, collaboration, instrument integration and archiving. The ASTM AnIML standardization effort addresses these problems by providing a neutral XML-based format for exchanging scientific data.

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Mobile Tech between a Rock and a Hard Place

January 6, 2014 2:17 pm | by Rob Farber | Comments

Mobile technology is where the money is right now in computer technology. Current leadership class supercomputers are “wowing” the HPC world with petaflop/s performance through the combined use of several thousand GPUs or Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, but in reality the sale of a few thousand of these devices is insignificant when compared against the 1.5 billon cellphone processors and 190 million tablet processors ...

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Unscrambler X 10.3: Useful Niche Software

January 6, 2014 1:38 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Comments

Software Review: Unscrambler statistical software is geared to two of the most useful areas of industrial R&D, namely multivariate analysis and experimental design. The latest version (10.3) of this useful niche software has a number of additions and upgrades, including regression and classification methods, exploratory data analysis tools, predictive modeling, extensive pre-processing options, and descriptive statistics with tests.

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