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Big Data, Big Science, Big Collaboration: Delivering Connected R&D for Better Value

March 15, 2013 3:26 pm | by Yike Guo, Imperial College | Comments

Today, we are more connected than ever. We live in an always-on world whose digital economy has made data a new form of resource that fundamentally changes our lives. But has this revolution really occurred across R&D domains? At a time when global R&D investment is over $1.5 trillion, leading voices still bemoan a lack of open access to decision-making data and an innovation deficit syndrome.


Fossilized Agate

March 5, 2013 9:20 am | Comments

This 7x photo shows fossilized Turitella agate containing freshwater snails (Elimia tenera) and seed shrimp (ostracods). It was awarded sixteenth place in the 2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. Douglas Moore of the University Relations & Communications/Geology at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point used stereomicroscopy to capture the image.


Fermi's Motion Produces a Study in Spirograph

March 4, 2013 2:00 pm | Comments

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbits our planet every 95 minutes, building up increasingly deeper views of the universe with every circuit. This image compresses eight individual frames, from a movie showing 51 months of position and exposure data by Fermi's Large Area Telescope (LAT), into a single snapshot. The pattern reflects numerous motions of the spacecraft.

SC13 Student Cluster Competition Now Accepting Team Applications

SC13 Student Cluster Competition Now Accepting Team Applications

March 4, 2013 12:38 pm | Comments

Team submissions are now being accepted for the SC13 edition of the Student Cluster Competition, a spirited event featuring young supercomputing talent from around the world competing to build and operate powerful cluster computers. The deadline for team submissions is Friday, April 12, 2013.


Structuring Data Management for ELN in Formulations

February 4, 2013 8:03 am | by Michael H. Elliott | Comments

Pharmaceutical formulation is a complex process matching a composition of active and non-active materials with a method of production to create a safe, effective and manufacturable drug product. This product can undergo many iterations as it progresses from early designs for first-in-human (FIH) studies, to large-scale efficacy and effectiveness trials, and eventually to commercial production


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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