As the 2015 ISC High Performance conference kicks off, Scientific Computing is excited to present a sneak peak at two life sciences sessions taking place this year in Frankfurt. In our cover story, “Advanced Computation plays Key Role in Accelerating Life Sciences Research,” Manuel Peitsch and Thomas Lippert provide exclusive previews of the “Supercomputing and the Human Brain Project — a 10-year Quest” and “Understanding Health and Disease” sessions — two excellent examples of the trend toward increased reliance on advanced computation to accelerate research.
Also in this issue, our expert contributors share their expertise on topics ranging from the Internet of Things, to MRHA Data Integrity Guidance for Industry, to optimizing workflows in globally distributed, heterogeneous HPC computing environments.
In “If These Walls Could Talk,” William Weaver, an associate professor in the Department of Integrated Science, Business, and Technology at La Salle University, talks about how the future Internet of Things will save lives, time and treasure. Is linking an instrument to a tablet still a bridge too far? Peter Boogaard, founder of Industrial Lab Automation and chairman of the Paperless Lab Academy, brings us up-to-speed on challenges faced in today’s laboratory; while R.D. McDowall provides a review and critique of the MRHA Data Integrity Guidance for Industry.
The complex task of “Optimizing Workflows in Globally Distributed, Heterogeneous HPC Computing Environments” requires significant software support, and HPC expert Rob Farber walks us through it. Meanwhile, as the HPC community hurtles toward the exascale era, Steve Conway, Research VP, HPC at IDC, shares his “Thoughts on the Exascale Race.”
John Wass, a statistician based in Chicago, IL, reviews Partek Genomics Suite 6.6, and Mark Anawis, a Principal Scientist and ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt at Abbott, talks about “Survival Models” — an important technique employed in medical and engineering sciences.
Finally, a special four-page insert showcases “The Big 5 at ISC High Performance 2015” and features highlights from this year’s program.
As an added resource, Scientific Computing’s ISC Web page offers a one-stop destination featuring comprehensive information on all things ISC. The page is specifically designed to help you quickly find everything you need, and to arm you with useful resources. Be sure to check it out at www.scientificcomputing.com/ISC.
I hope you enjoy the issue!
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