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Learning and research in the cloud


Research and teaching in nanoscience can, and should, be thought as one joint endeavour. nanoHUB, a cyberinfrastructure that aims to use interactive cloud-based software to meet the needs of both code developers and end-users, is redefining research and education in nanoscience and engineering.

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Figure 1: nanoHUB usage.
Figure 2: Tool classification and adoption analytics.


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nanoHUB spans a 15-year effort and involves contributions from over 1,000 people. As such it is impossible to list all contributors. We recognize and acknowledge: M. S. Lundstrom the creator of nanoHUB, M. McLennan who created Rappture and directs the HUBzero effort, R. Kennell who created the middleware that currently powers all nanoHUB simulations, and finally S. Datta who embraced nanoHUB for the development of all his fascinating quantum transport classes over the past 10 years. This work was supported with funding from NSF grants EEC-0228390, EEC-0634750, OCI-0438246, OCI-0721680, EEC-0956819, and EEC-1227110. The visionary leadership of L. Preston and M. Roco is also gratefully acknowledged.

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Madhavan, K., Zentner, M. & Klimeck, G. Learning and research in the cloud. Nature Nanotech 8, 786–789 (2013).

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