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Power Optimization in HPC, Enterprise and Mobile Computing

February 4, 2013 7:55 am | Comments

Power consumption is balanced in the technology world by either cooling or battery life. In the HPC world, tremendous amounts of power-hungry computing power must be concentrated in very small spaces to limit speed-of-light delays in tightly coupled calculations

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Emergency!

February 4, 2013 7:45 am | Comments

Using the help of Google and Wikipedia, “emergence” is defined as the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relativity simple interactions. The word is a favorite in philosophy, systems theory, science and art, and is encroaching on the use of “paradigm shift” and “synergy” in business circles

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Unlocking the Ocean’s Genomic Secrets

February 4, 2013 7:41 am | Comments

J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit scientific organization, is a world leader in genomic research. JCVI is renowned for the work of Dr. J. Craig Venter, founder and president, and his team in decoding the first draft of the human genome. Today, JCVI’s research spans a number of innovative projects, including the Sorcerer II Global Ocean Sampling Expedition (GOS),1 which has already uncovered more than 60 million genes and thousands of novel protein families from microorganisms found in seawa

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Accelerating Electric Vehicle Battery Innovation with Multiphysics Simulation

December 21, 2012 4:03 am | by Taeyoung Han, Gi-Heon Kim and Lewis Collins | Comments

web exclusive With the automotive industry’s increasing concern about emissions and the volatile price of gasoline, electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries are emerging as a viable and energy-efficient transportation option. To accelerate the pace of battery innovation, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Vehicle Technologies Program is challenging the automotive industry to reduce the production cost of high-power batteries by 70 percent

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Managing Complexity: LIMS Enables World’s Largest Integrated Oil and Gas Project

October 4, 2012 12:06 pm | Comments

Safety, consistency, regulatory compliance, efficiency and profitability are just some of the issues confronting senior executives in the oil and gas industry. Managing this complexity, often in some of the world’s harshest conditions, is a constant challenge

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Collision Course: Commercial and HPC Big Data

August 8, 2012 12:25 pm | by Steve Conway | Comments

In late 2011, I wrote in Scientific Computing about the increasing collisions between commercial big data and data-intensive HPC. In the short time since then, the dimensions of these encounters have become clearer. This might qualify as the most serious rapprochement since business computing first branched off from scientific-technical computing in the early 1960s

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Make No Little Plans

August 8, 2012 12:15 pm | Comments

Ongoing advances in scientific technology have left us confronted with the task of discovering scientific knowledge from enormous amounts of data generated in the life and environmental sciences, physics and sociology, business and medicine. In biology, these data are frequently combined from many sources. Further, addressing large-scale interdisciplinary problems requires diverse research teams. Researchers in biology, particularly in computational biology and systems biology, already have experienced the shift from the one-scientist-one-project paradigm to cross-disciplinary collaborative research, and the need for an infrastructure and community that can support it all

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Developing a Technology Roadmap for Data-intensive Computing

August 8, 2012 12:00 pm | Comments

Technology and computational evangelists quickly learn that human psychology is a key component of any project roadmap. The truth in the quip that it took one social genius plus 500,000 scientists and engineers to put a man on the moon can be appreciated when one observes the social issues that surface in technical discussions within even small groups of people. As the name implies, data-intensive computing requires large amounts of data

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State of the ELN Market: A look back at the past 12 months

August 8, 2012 11:36 am | by Michael H. Elliott | Comments

Over the last 12 months, the market for ELN technology has evolved from one dominated by sales to a handful of large biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, to a diverse landscape of markets and organizations. This has caused a sea-change in both how suppliers approach the market and the features they offer

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World of Pure Imagination: On the rise of materials informatics

August 8, 2012 11:31 am | by William Weaver, Ph.D. | Comments

We have enjoyed a century of innovation and productivity since Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company developed the assembly line manufacturing process over the years of 1908 to 1915. While originally proposed by Adam Smith in his work The Wealth of Nations, published in 1776, Ford popularized the method of progressive assembly

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Informatics: The Glue to Build Enterprise Knowledge

August 8, 2012 11:13 am | by Peter Boogaard | Comments

Extreme cost pressure, consumers demanding reliability and loss of market share were key drivers for the electronic and car industry to adopt Juran’s1successful QbD theory. It is proven that his theory to adopt continuous improvement strategies to decrease variability resulted in significantly better products and financial performance

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The GPU Performance Revolution

August 8, 2012 8:30 am | Comments

Five years ago, NVIDIA disrupted “business as usual” in the high performance computing industry with the release of CUDA in February 2007. The September 2011 announcement by the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) of a MIC-based (Many Integrated Core) Stampede supercomputer shows that Intel has decided to compete against graphics processing units (GPU) and other computer architectures in the “leadership class” HPC market space with the Knights Corner (KNC) many-core processor chip

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Introducing a Paperless Lab

August 8, 2012 8:09 am | by Ulf Fuchslueger and Andreas Schild | Comments

Laboratories working in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of R&D and quality control find themselves increasingly having to cope with conflicting demands — tougher regulatory requirements and harsher economic realities. In order to meet these demands, new ways of dealing with process, data and system management are necessary.

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Seven Key Validation Factors for IT Systems in the Lab

August 8, 2012 7:56 am | Comments

Everyone working in a regulatory lab these days knows that everything must be validated. And that “everything” includes analytical methods, instruments and also the IT systems

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Positioning x86 Petascale Performance with MIC Architecture

August 8, 2012 7:39 am | Comments

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announcement of their forthcoming 10 petaflop/s Stampede supercomputer utilizing the Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture demonstrates a substantial commitment by Intel to design hardware to accelerate highly-parallel workloads

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