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Issue 140 February/March 2015 CONTENTS Laboratory Informatics Informatics tools to aid innovation

Sophia Ktori investigates the soſtware making the discovery scientist's life easier

Profile Abbott Informatics

Tom Wilkie talks to Simon Wood about change and continuity Preview Showtime beckons

A look ahead to Pittcon, Paperless Lab Academy, and Smartlab Exchange

High-Performance Computing Not a remote prospect

Remote visualisation is at the intersection of cloud, big data, and HPC. Tom Wilkie looks to the future of HPC

Opening the gates for FPGAs

In the first of a series on future hardware, Robert Roe discovers that a soſtware standard is making FPGAs more attractive

Applications Simulation and safety

Integrated simulation soſtware is the only way to cope with fragmented automobile safety standards. Robert Roe reports

Products A selection of the latest application soſtware releases

Resources Suppliers' directory

From cradle to beyond the grave Robert Roe finds new products for product lifecycle management soſtware


Production editor Tim Gillett Specialist reporters Robert Roe, William Payne, Sophia Ktori, Gloria Metrick, Wolfgang Gentzsch Circulation/readership enquiries Pete Vine

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Innovation, innovation, innovation

Tis first issue of 2015 sees Scientific Computing World enter its twenty-first year of publication and there is no shortage of new things to write about. Although there are still obstacles to be

overcome, laboratory informatics is making inroads in the discovery laboratory, as Sophia Ktori reports on page 4 and there is scope in the healthcare and clinical marketplace too, Simon Wood from Abbott Informatics told Tom Wilkie (page 12). Laboratories in the Mediterranean countries too could benefit from such soſtware and therefore the second Paperless Lab Academy is taking place in Barcelona this year. Scientific Computing World is a media sponsor. Te first event, last year, was a breath of fresh air, bringing new insight and new thinking to the world of laboratory informatics. Scientific Computing World will be distributing a Spanish-language edition of its highly valued reference work, Building a Smart Laboratory, at this year’s meeting. Te pace of innovation continues in high-

performance computing. New types of processors including field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are being tried out, as they consume very little energy. Teir stock has risen since they have become easier to program, as Robert Roe describes on page 26. Data sets, whether in business or in science and engineering, continue to get larger and larger, so putting computation and data together is becoming an imperative – which creates the demand for remote visualisation discussed by Tom Wilkie on page 20. To improve the utility of simulation to

car manufacturers, soſtware companies are interlinking their packages in a process that, somewhat surprisingly, is partly driven by the disparate sets of regulations governing emissions and safety around the world as Robert Roe discovered (page 31). Te year is off to a good start. Tere will be even

better to come.

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