Alfasoft Limited trading as Adept Scientific

Dear reader,

As you might have learned Adept Scientific was placed under administration in November 2014. Alfasoft AB has acquired the Adept Scientific Limited assets and founded Alfasoft Limited to continue to provide the services.

Alfasoft will continue to provide information, support and services on several products previously supplied by Adept Scientific. Mathcad, EndNote, Reference Manager, Intel Software, Portland PGI, plusFORT, Absoft, VisSim, MathType, GRAMS, Kinetica and DASYLab are among the products that Alfasoft will supply and support.

For some products however, continued support and services will be managed directly by the manufacturer of the product, or a new reseller authorised by the manufacturer.

Alfasoft AB has provided high end scientific software to researchers and engineers since 1989 and we would be honoured to give the same service to you. We offer open online training on most of our products twice per year in addition to payable training and consulting.

You are very welcome to join us and we look forward to working with you.
Kind regards,

Roberth Hoff-Olsen
CEO

Alfasoft Limited

Intel® powerboosts Parallel Programming Tools with Explicit Vectorization

The latest release of Intel’s developer toolkit for high performance computing (HPC) and technical computing applications, Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2017, is now available from Polyhedron Software – part of the Adept Scientific Group of companies.

This new version includes first-to-market explicit vector programming capabilities which enable developers to optimise processing cycles through concurrent operations on Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors. Intel Parallel Studio XE 2017 also supports new standards including OpenMP 4.0, delivering unprecedented vectorization support to developers. The updated release also gives developers comprehensive optimisation reports that provide deep insights on code performance, as well as optimized libraries and compilation capabilities, developed in line with standards such as OpenMP 4.0, MPI 3.0, Ful Fortran 2003 (Fortran 2008 BLOCK) and Full C++ 2011.

For more information or to download a demo, visit the Polyhedron Software website.

The safest way to share and store your sensitive data

How do you feel about sending sensitive information by email? Or by FTP? Or putting it up in the cloud? Your intellectual property, be it research results, design data, engineering calculations, product specifications, costing details or whatever, is valuable. You may well need to share it with colleagues or customers, but can you be sure that only the people you want can access your data?

Enter Adept TeamBeam. It’s our new, custom version of a service that’s already got over 80,000 users around the world. It allows you to transfer and store even the largest data files (or folders of files) via 128-bit encrypted hard disks, using SSL encryption (AES 256 bit or equivalent) for transfers in either direction (upload and download) via HTTPS.

The TeamBeam servers are located in Germany, which means that all the data you upload is further protected by the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). That’s probably the world’s most robust data privacy regime, and includes stringent regulation of cross-border transmission of data. So you can be confident that all your intellectual property can be stored and shared with maximum security.

It’s very easy to use as well. Transferring unlimited quantities of data to trusted colleagues or safe storage is as simple as sending an email. Adept TeamBeam makes sure it’s as secure as can be.

Why not visit our TeamBeam web pages to find out more? You can download a free trial; and if you decide that Adept TeamBeam is the solution you’re looking for, you’ll be pleasantly surprised how inexpensive it is too – and that’s before the 50% discount we’re currently offering on your first bill!

Adept embark on a French adventure with Sigma Plus

We are very pleased to be able to officially welcome Sigma Plus to the Adept Scientific group of companies. Sigma Plus supply and support a broad range of technical software tools, including heavyweight statistical analysis and data visualisation software tool – STATGRAPHICS; multivariate data analysis package – SIMCA; Design of Experiments (DOE) tool – MODDE and industry standard calculations tool – Mathcad, to name but a few.

Just like Adept, Sigma Plus boasts an outstanding reputation for delivering technical excellence and customer service to their clients, and they’ll continue to operate under the same name from their existing offices in Paris and Toulouse, as an independent business unit within the Adept Scientific group.

By joining forces, not only will we be able to extend our reach into Europe (we now operate across 17 countries) and grow our product offering, our combined resources and expertise also mean customers will benefit from even stronger support and consultancy services, expanded training provision and unbeatable technical know-how.

If you have any questions, please contact Adept at your local office or contact the team at Sigma Plus.

Meanwhile, please take a few minutes to explore the brand-new Sigma Plus website.

New Year Revolutions

2013 has been a busy year for us and one full of change. In the summer, not only did we launch our revamped and revived website, but we also introduced a brand new corporate logo! And as we embark upon 2014, we’ve no intention of slowing down. We’ve got big plans for this year and some interesting initiatives in the pipeline, so keep an eye on our website and make sure you are signed up for our email newsletters so you don’t miss out on any upcoming announcements.

We’re not the only ones who are looking ahead to what the future holds. Here are some timely technology trend-predicting blog posts you might find interesting:

5 tech trends for 2014 – PTC predict the cutting-edge technology that’s on the rise, featuring wearable tech like smart watches, 3D printing, smart TVs, using big data to target individuals and smart ‘connected’ products with the power to revolutionise cities.

2014 top tech to watch – IEEE Spectrum tells us which technologies will make headlines this year including a superfast wireless system, Chinese space launches, eerily silent electric race cars and the jet pack!

Adept’s AIBO Robotic dogs rehomed at The National Museum of Computing

Adept Scientific recently donated two Sony AIBO dogs to The National Museum of Computing at Bletchly Park – home of the World’s first electronic computer. They might be just 14 years old, but that’s positively antique in computing technology terms! Named Spot and Rex, these cyber canines caused quite a stir when they were first bought in the summer of 1999 and became ‘office pets’ at the Adept Letchworth HQ. The interactive, ball-playing, tail-wagging, leg-cocking digital doggy duo were featured regularly on television and in the press at the time because they used state-of-the-art AI technology. There were only 5000 first generation AIBO dogs ever made and they went on sale only in the US and Japan. That makes them quite a rarity in the UK. Hence, they’re taking pride of place in the museum’s robotics display surrounded by a collage of press cuttings that any celebrity would be proud of.

Though Spot was mechanically complete, it didn’t actually work. Rex, on the other hand, still functioned but with a few glitches like an ‘arthritic’ leg and ‘Sleep Head Syndrome’ where he goes into sleep mode and won’t reactivate. The Museum team solved the limb issue by swapping one of Spot’s legs with Rex’s, though the sudden napping needs manual override using the sleep button on the front.

Rex gets the chance to show off to visitors occsionally under close supervision on special museum days and events like the recent visit from Doctor Who’s K9 (see photo) and he’s a big hit with the children who are interigued by his interactive antics.

If you’re passing Bletchley Park, why not pop in for a visit?
Refer to the Museum’s website for opening times and more information

Picture shows George the Robot (made by the late Tony Sale), K9 and the two Aibo's sitting guard.
Picture shows George the Robot (made by the late Tony Sale), K9 and the two Aibo’s sitting guard.

 

 

New CircuitLogix makes complete sense for today’s PCB designers

Adept Scientific is pleased to welcome a new product to their comprehensive range of technical computing software tools – CircuitLogix from Logic Design Inc. – a powerful software program that converts your personal computer into a full-functioning electronics laboratory with thousands of components and readymade devices that are quickly and easily interconnected.

Instead of going to all the time, trouble and expense of building physical prototypes to test your circuit designs, you can create higher-performance boards, faster with CircuitLogix, as well as run different scenarios to gain better insight into your circuit’s behaviour.

Visit our CircuitLogix web pages to find out more.

Put CircuitLogix to the test. Download a free 30-day demo.

Welcome to the Instrumentation Cloud

We recently partnered with a new company (Cores Electronic) being run by some very innovative former National Instruments guys. Their first product is the Tag4M (tag for me). It’s a standalone battery powered data acquisition device that transmits its data to the internet via Wi-Fi. As you’ll see from the picture it’s currently supplied without a case as we think that it’s main use will be initially by OEM’s who will want to put in there own box. We’ve not seen anything quite like this concept before, but we think it could have many applications where you need distributed easily configured data acquisition in an enviroment that has Wi-Fi.

Tag4M Devices

The device can be set up to measure almost anything as long as there is a sensor for it. You just set it up to communicate with an internet address of your choice and the data is then sent to you at an interval you can configure. Each Tag4M device has a unique ID so if you are sending the data from all the devices to one web server then the devices can be identified and the data properly categorised, logged and displayed. As the Tag4M developers are former National Instruments people you’ll not be surprised to learn that there are also drivers for configuring LabView to work with the Tag4M devices.

You can download a more detailed datasheet on the use of Tag4M tags to create Instrumentation Clouds from here.


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