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Issue 126 October/November 2012 CONTENTS


Laboratory Informatics News and products


Tapping into laboratory computing


Systems such as LIMS play an important role in environmental labs. Siân Harris finds out why


Statistical Science Reviews


Fire, flood, pestilence and war


Felix Grant explores the complexity of statistics within ecology


High-Performance Computing News and products


In the data centre


Beth Harlen reports on the current data centre landscape


SC’12 show preview


A selection of the HPC products and services set to appear in Salt Lake City


Hunting for the rare beast


Paul Schreier finds out why recruiters at HPC facilities are turning to social media


Modelling and Engineering News and products


Coming to a resolution


Tree industry experts discuss the future of climate modelling


Modelling takes off


Te aerospace community is embracing simulation Beth Harlen reports


Resources Suppliers’ directory


Inside view


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Hopes for HPC


It’s safe to say we have been embracing high-performance computing (HPC) a little more than usual this month. First of all, we are setting our sights firmly on Salt Lake City and the arrival of Supercomputing 2012. For those of you unable to make the journey (12-15 November), our SC’12 show preview (page 26) will give you an indication of what the main industry talking points will be. In preparation for the show, we have been putting together an HPC Yearbook that focuses on everything from infrastructure and memory, to processing and workload management. If you would like to take part in the 2013 edition, please stop by stand #113 to find out more. In a final piece of news, the eagle-eyed


among you will have noticed the name change below. I am delighted to say that by the time I attend SC’12 I will be a respectable married lady, so do ask for Beth Harlen when visiting #113! See you in Salt Lake!


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