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Issue 132 October/November 2013 CONTENTS


Laboratory Informatics News and products


The right prescription


Are informatics solutions keeping up with trends in pharma? Beth Harlen speaks to the industry


Statistical Science Too big for its boots


Felix Grant reports on how big data is driving imaginative scientific computing approaches


High-Performance Computing News and products


Analysis and opinion


Andrew Jones discusses the reality behind the supercomputing vision SC13 show preview


Exhibitors share their plans for the international HPC conference The long road to exascale


Industry experts wade in on the debate surrounding exascale computing HPC in the Cloud – is it real?


John Barr investigates the promise of cloud computing


Modelling and Engineering News and products


Weathering change


Beth Harlen takes a look at the UK climate modelling community


Resources Suppliers’ directory


Inside view


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42 45 18 22 25 34 38 14 5 8 Honing in on HPC


From 18 to 21 November some of the the HPC industry's best and brightest will gather together in Denver, Colorado, for the 25th Supercomputing Conference. With the number of exhibitors expected to rise beyond 350, and an expansive technical programme that includes panels, talks, workshops, and more, this continues to be a must-attend event on the calendar. If you will be making the trip this year, please stop by booth 735 and meet the Scientific Computing World team. A preview of other key exhibitors can be found on page 25. Beyond the set schedule, one of the


main advantages of attending SC13 is the opportunity to network and to discuss with peers some of the more pressing issues affecting our industry – one of the main ones being how to reach the next level of computing. Experts from some of the major HPC centres and hardware vendors offer their thoughts (p34). Staying with the HPC focus, John


Barr reports on the potential of cloud computing (p38), while Andrew Jones presents his view of the reality behind the supercomputing vision (p22). We hope to see you in Denver!


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