nanoHUB.org provides users with "fingertip access" to over 70 simulation tools for research and education. Users not only launch jobs that are executed on the state-of-the-art computational facilities of Open Science Grid and TeraGrid, but also interactively visualize and analyze the results—all via an ordinary web browser. nanoHUB middleware hides the complexity of Grid computing, handling authentication, authorization, file transfer, and visualization, and letting the researcher focus on research. This approach also helps educators bring these tools to the classroom, letting them bypass the difficulties of Grid computing and focus instead on learning science and engineering.
George B. Adams III is the Deputy Director and the Associate Director for Programs of the Network for
Computational Nanotechnology at Purdue University. He earned the BSEE degree from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1978 and the MSEE and PhD degrees
in 1980 and 1984 from Purdue University. In 1983 he joined the Research Institute for
Advanced Computer Science at the NASA Ames Research Center as one of the initial five
staff members and worked in high-performance computing for scientific applications. He
was a member of the founding Executive Committee for Supercomputing '88 (now known as the
SC'XX conference series). In 1987 he joined the faculty of the School of Electrical
Engineering, Purdue University. In 2000, he joined the planning team for what became the
Birck Nanotechnology Center (BNC) facility in Purdue's Discovery Park, widely considered
the preeminent university nanoscale research facility. He became Research Development
Manager for BNC in 2004 and Special Projects Manager for Discovery Park in 2006. Dr.
Adams has written over 50 papers and book chapters, held one US patent, and received
three national awards for his distance education classes.
Spring 2008 Task Force Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, April 7-8.
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