LEADER Contents Tech focus: storage

Laboratory informatics An augmented future

Robert Roe looks at the use of augmented analytics to bring data-driven decision making in reach of laboratories

An operating system for data

Graeme Dennis, commercial director at preclinical pharma, IDBS, feels it may be time to move away from traditional definitions of scientific informatics software

Digital transformation in biology

Robert Roe looks at the work of synthetic biology company Synthace

Supporting science Turn the laboratory into a knowledge centre 16

Sophia Ktori concludes her two-part series on the development of ELN and LIMS software


Isabel Munoz and Roberto Castelnovo preview the Paperless Lab Academy event

Modelling and simulation The Imperfect Storm

Resources News

Suppliers’ directory

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High performance computing Exascale development


With the first exascale systems on the horizon, Robert Roe, looks at the technologies that will be used in the first generation of exascale supercomputers

8 Robert Roe highlights developments in storage technology for HPC

Mighty answer to huge challenges


This issue features some grand challenges, such as overcoming bottlenecks in biological research and climate and weather modelling. But we also focus on the announcement of the first US exascale system – a computer powerful enough to solve many of today’s most complex scientific questions. One thing is clear. Across all scientific

computing industries, the challenges we face are becoming more complex, and so too must the tools we use to solve them. The announcement of the exascale

system, Aurora, can be found on page 4. The article also looks at European efforts to develop home-grown computing technology, as bids are prepared for two pre-exascale systems. On page 8 we have our second


Gemma Church uncovers the vast range of modelling and simulation tools required for accurate weather prediction

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technology focus of the year. In this issue we look at the role of storage technology in HPC and how the development of AI, and applications such as weather and climate research, are driving new levels of performance. On page 10 we highlight a recent white paper from DataStories, which looks at the potential for augmented analytics to increase the efficiency of lab users and enable data-driven decision making in the lab. Graeme Dennis, of preclinical pharma,

IDBS, notes it may be time to move away from traditional definitions of scientific informatics software on page 13, while we explore the role software can play in the age of digital lab technologies, automation and synthetic biology on page 14. The second half of Sophia Ktori’s feature on LIMS and ELN technology is on page 16, while a preview of the Paperless Lab Academy event held soon in northern Italy starts on page 20. The modelling and simulation coverage starts on page 24 with a feature on the use of simulation software used in weather and climate modelling, by Gemma Church.



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