Cyberinfrastructure for Nanotechnology Research and Education

Michael, McLennan. (2008) Cyberinfrastructure for Nanotechnology Research and Education. In: IGERT Seminar Series, 2008 - 2009, University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Unpublished)

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The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) was established in 2002 by the NSF with a mission to create, deploy, and operate a national resource for theory, modeling, and simulation in nanotechnology, to connect users in research, education, design, and manufacturing. Nanotechnology is a broad field, so the NCN has focused its efforts on developing materials for a few focus areas: nanoelectronics, nanoelectromechanical systems, and nanomedicine. Users access these resources from the web site. In the 12-month period from September 2007 to August 2008, more than 77,000 users accessed nanoHUB to view a collection of seminars, tutorials, animations, and publications submitted by more than 500 contributors from all over the world. Most importantly, the nanoHUB connects users to the simulation tools they need for research and education. Users can access more than 120 interactive, graphical tools, and not only launch jobs, but also visualize and analyze the results--all via an ordinary web browser. In the same 12-month period mentioned earlier, more than 6,300 users launched over 341,000 simulation jobs via nanoHUB. The NCN's emphasis on usability has produced a clean interface that makes it easy to use powerful research tools. This approach helps educators bring these tools to the classroom, letting them avoid the complexities of Grid computing and focus instead on physics.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
InterNano Taxonomy: Informatics and Standards
Collections: IGERT Seminar Series
Depositing User: Rebecca Reznik-Zellen
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2008 12:44
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2008 12:44

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