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Issue 131 August/September 2013 CONTENTS

Laboratory Informatics News and products

Where’s the beef?

Beth Harlen reports on the role informatics soſtware plays in the prevention of food adulteration

Statistical Science Pretty as a picture

Felix Grant explores the impact of graphical visualisation of data within scientific computing

High-Performance Computing News and products

Meeting demand

Should occasional users of HPC opt for a workstation or on-demand service? Beth Harlen finds out

Modelling and Engineering News and products

Taming turbulence

Beth Harlen investigates why turbulence remains one of the most challenging modelling problems

Resources Suppliers’ directory

Inside view 5 8 Food for thought 12 16 18

One of my passions in life – in addition to scientific computing, of course – is food. I take it as a given that what I purchase in restaurants and supermarkets is not only of expected quality, but that it is what it claims to be. It's no wonder, therefore, that when cases of food adulteration come to light it can all be rather unsettling. In my feature, 'Where's the beef?' (p8), I take a close look at how the appropriate processes and level of informatics soſtware can help prevent future occurences and enable companies to claw back consumer confidence. Every industry faces its own unique

problems and within the high- performance computing community the question is being asked of whether a workstation or on-demand sevice is the better choice for occasional users (p18). One of the more complex challenges

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within the field of modelling and simulation is turbulence, which remains one of the great unsolved physics problems. Tis month's in-depth feature explores the various methodologies and soſtware solutions tasked with ensuring the safety of aircraſt.

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