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Issue 130 June/July 2013 CONTENTS


Laboratory Informatics News and products


Analysis and opinion The data dilemma


Te integration of data from multiple systems is a difficult challenge. Beth Harlen reports


Statistical Science Stats for the million


Felix Grant investigates the statistical work being done by non-statisticians


High-Performance Computing News and products Analysis and opinion


ISC’13 preview


As the show moves to Leipzig, we present some highlights


ISC’13 interview


ISC’s Nages Sieslack introduces the new industry track The rise of Hadoop


Beth Harlen discovers the role of Hadoop in data-intensive computing Keeping it cool


Is liquid cooling beginning to gain traction? Beth Harlen finds out


Modelling and Engineering News and products


Simulation shines light on solar energy


Tom Wilkie reports on why simulation and optimisation are vital if solar energy is to be efficient energy


Resources Suppliers’ directory


Inside view


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10 The data deluge


Technological advances mean that zettabyes of data are being generated, providing an incredible opportunity for discovery – but only if we have the means to process and explore that data. Tis is a challenge that spans industries and scientific fields. Within laboratories, for example, integration is the issue as multiple systems churn out data in proprietary and oſten inconsistent formats. Tis topic is explored on page 10. Meanwhile, our feature on data-


intensive computing (p34) takes a closer look at how Hadoop, an open- source soſtware project for distributed computing, can enable companies to take full advantage of their data silos. Staying with the topic of HPC, I would


like to draw your attention to our ISC’13 show preview (p24). Tis year’s event will take place in its new home of Leipzig, and if you’re making the journey, please stop by booth #501 and meet the team. Rounding out this issue are features on


a broad range of topics from HPC cooling (p38) and statistics for non-statisticians (p17), to the simulation and optimisation of solar energy (p44).


Beth Harlen Editor


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