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LEADER Contents Tech Focus: networking


A round-up of the latest tools for scientists using networking technologies


Tech Focus: memory and processors


The latest processing and memory technologies available to scientists and researchers


Increasing productivity at the edge 13


Researchers are developing a software framework to increase the productivity of developers working with edge computing in a series of European-funded projects


One, two, tree: researchers use HPC and AI for mapping 16


A team of scientists are using deep learning to map trees and bushes in west African drylands and the southern Sahara desert


Laboratory informatics Connecting science


Sophia Ktori looks at the role software integration plays in ensuring scientists can work efficiently in the laboratory


LIMS helps combat Covid-19 24


Scientists have implemented automation and LIMS software to help pivot laboratory operations and provide services to better understand and prevent the spread of Covid-19


Modelling and simulation Rising renewables


Gemma Church examines how simulation and modelling are aiding the increasingly diverse field of renewable energy


Resources News


The latest news stories in scientific computing Suppliers directory


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www.scientific-computing.com | @scwmagazine 10 Winter 2021 l Issue 174


Robert Roe Editor


High performance computing Quantum development ramps up


Key breakthroughs and new software environments are helping to drive the development of quantum computing for scientific research and industrial use cases


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Year of change powered by bytes


With the new year and the first issue of Scientific Computing World, there is renewed hope for computing tools to help scientists overcome the challenges facing society. Whether situated in a laboratory, research centre or a home office, computing tools drive the scientific discovery that takes place in modern society. In this issue there are examples of


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how computing is helping scientists to develop vaccines for Covid-19, to map trees to better understand the impact of climate change, and develop smart cities which can predict vehicle crashes before they happen. On page 4 coverage of the high-


performance computing industry begins with an article on the development of quantum computing. Next, there are two tech focus articles which consider computing tools for networking and processing technologies (page 8, page 10 respectively). On page 13, there is an article on the


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development of software frameworks for edge computing. Edge computing technologies are being used to develop analytics for smart cities, including use cases such as traffic management and air pollution. AI and deep learning are the focus on page 16, with a story about researchers using the technology to map trees in arid shrubland in west Africa. Laboratory Informatics coverage begins on page 18, as Sophia Ktori focuses on software integration in the laboratory, in particular the importance of LIMS technologies to enhance scientists capabilities to integrate different computing tools in the laboratory. On page 24 we take a look at the role of LIMS software in helping laboratories develop services, or adapt existing procedures to directly tackle Covid-19 research and testing. On page 26 Gemma Church discovers


how simulation software is helping drive the development of renewable energy technologies.


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