LEADER Contents Tech focus: Cloud

Mark Parsons talks to Robert Roe about the strategy for HPC in the UK

Laboratory informatics Maximising long-term value

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High performance computing The science of deep learning

Robert Roe considers the impact of deep learning on scientific applications


Robert Roe reflects on the use cases for cloud technology in HPC HPC in the UK

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Getting deep into HPC developments


Correct storage and use of data is the key for keeping data ‘current’ and relevant in modern laboratories, writes Sophia Ktori


Christian Marcazzo, general manager at IDBS, highlights trends in research and development for life sciences

Modelling and simulation In silico heaven

Gemma Church investigates how simulation and modelling are helping expedite the development of cutting-edge medical devices

Beyond the ‘I’ in AI

Robert Roe interviews Loren Dean on how AI is used in modelling and simulation

Resources News

A round up of the latest news stories Suppliers’ directory

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With the high-performance computing industry preparing for the largest HPC conference, SC19, held this year in Denver, we take a look at the latest developments in HPC. The use of AI and deep learning technologies has seen huge growth in the use of HPC technology, such as GPUs, and this shows no signs of slowing down. We take a look at the development of deep learning on page 4 and the options available to HPC users who wish to adopt cloud technologies on page 8. We also have an interview from the EPCC’s Mark Parsons on the development of HPC in the UK on page 14. This focuses on the proposed strategy to invest in future supercomputing infrastructure to ensure competitiveness in the UK. Our laboratory informatics coverage begins on page 16 with Sophia Ktori’s feature exploring the way that laboratories can maximise value by making the most of the data created in an organisation. On page 20 our lab coverage continues with IDBS’ general manager Christian Marcazzo discussing the trends in life sciences research and development. On page 24 we take a look at the world of modelling and simulation as Gemma Church considers how software is being used to develop cutting-edge medical devices. This feature explores the use of computer-aided engineering software, typically used in engineering verticals, such as automotive or aerospace, but which are now being applied to the carefully regulated medical device market.

On page 28 we have an interview from

Mathworks Loren Dean on the use of AI in modelling and simulation workflows. AI is now being used in almost every industry vertical and application, but as the technology is still in its infancy, users must be careful to ensure they get maximum value from it.


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