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Network for Computational Nanotechnology and nanoHUB

Mark Lundstrom
Field of Science
Emerging Technologies Initiation
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Sebastien Goasguen

Description: The Network for Computational Nanotechnology has a mission to connect theory, experiment, and computation in a way that will turn nanoscience into a real technology. While addressing challenges in nanotechnology, NCN researchers produce new algorithms, approaches, and software with capabilities not yet available commercially. As part of the NSF's infrastructure for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) the NCN engages the community through workshops, seminars and novel educational resources. The nanoHUB is a source of on-line resources including a unique web-based computational user facility that puts research-grade software in the hands of users across the globe. The research is articulated around three main thrusts: nanoelectronics, nanoelectromechanics, and nanobiology. Each thrust focuses on three-year projects with a clear problem to solve. A multi-disciplinary team is formed to tackle the problem. During this three-year time frame, each project releases its applications periodically to the nanoHUB for the community to use.

The nanoHUB, currently supported by NCN cost sharing from ITaP, was created in 2000 and relies on middleware developed at Purdue called PUNCH (Purdue University Network Computing Hub). In the year 2003, the nanoHUB has served 1000 users and ran 86,000 jobs. The NCN is moving forward, implementing new applications on the nanoHUB that are used by experimentalists, theorists and students. The nanoHUB is used extensively in courses and workshops to teach state of the art nanotechnology computer applications. The NCN team has also made a commitment to develop content and applications that would suit a K—12 audience. Discussions are in progress at Purdue to develop such content and serve the interest of a larger community.