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ISSUE 114 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2010 CONTENTS Simulating biology NEWS


IDBS acquires Quantrix; registration opens for Pittcon 2011; epigenetic alterations tracked


ALL WELL AND GOOD


Greg Blackman on data management solutions in the petrochemical industry


NAME THAT DUNE 12


Felix Grant on data analysis techniques in desert-based experiments


MECHANICAL MARVELS 44


Paul Schreier assesses the software options for modelling MEMS


NEW PRODUCTS DIARY DATES SUPPLIERS’ DIRECTORY INSIDE VIEW


Barry V Hess, general chair, SC10 Conference


49 53 53 54 8 22 4 Just deserts HPC PROJECTS


A section for users and managers of HPC systems


HPC News


The latest news in high-performance computing


HPC Products


A brief update of the latest HPC software and hardware


Building biology


Greg Blackman on the use of HPC in biological modelling


The mysteries of multiphysics Power at your feet SC10 preview


The latest HPC products due to be launched at SC10


HPC Director 42


Helge Meinhard, group leader platform and engineering servives, CERN


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Paul Schreier on how HPC is cutting research time in multi-disciplinary projects


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Stephen Mounsey assesses developments in deskside HPC


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HPC hits New Orleans The largest annual HPC event swings into New Orleans in November, as SC10 rolls into town. In an exclusive column for Scientifi c Computing World on page 54, conference chair Barry Hess draws comparisons between the city’s rebuilding project and HPC’s continual reinvention. The importance of HPC to


scientists and engineers grows ever more prevalent, which is why we are dedicating more pages than ever to HPC in this issue. Our expanded HPC Projects section begins on page 17, and includes a range of features on how science and engineering research teams are making use of HPC, as well as an in-depth article on deskside computing. This last development is a move that is bringing the benefi ts of HPC to those that have previously been excluded on either cost or space grounds. There is also an extensive preview of the SC10 exhibition (page 36), and another exclusive column from a leading HPC centre – in this case, no less an institution than CERN itself (page 42). To keep up to date with the latest news and applications of scientifi c computing, be sure to sign up to our regular free email newsletters, SCNewsline and HPCNewsline, by visiting www.scientifi c-computing.com/ subscribe. Looking ahead, next issue will include our annual Laboratory Informatics Guide 2011, the indispensable guide to LIMS and ELNs. It will be packed with in-depth features and full supplier listings, providing you with a year-round reference point. Make sure you’re a registered reader to guarantee your copy!


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