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Science: Invited Talk: Mythbusting
    Wednesday July 18, 2012 11:30am - 12:00pm @ King Arthur 3rd Floor

    Invited Talk: Mythbusting with nanoHUB.org - the first science-gateway software as a service cloud focused on end-to-end application users AND application developers

    Abstract:  Gordon Moore’s 1965 prediction of continued semiconductor device down-scaling and circuit up-scaling has become a self-fulfilling prophesy in the past 40 years. Open source code development and sharing of the process modeling software SUPREM and the circuit modeling software SPICE were two critical technologies that enabled the down-scaling of semiconductor devices and up-scaling of circuit complexity. SPICE was originally a teaching tool that transitioned into a research tool, was disseminated by an inspired engineering professor via tapes, and improved by users who provided constructive feedback to a multidisciplinary group of electrical engineers, physicist, and numerical analysts. Ultimately SPICE and SUPREM transitioned into all electronic design software packages that power today’s 280 billion dollar semiconductor industry.

    Can we duplicate such multi-disciplinary software development starting from teaching and research in a small research group leading to true economic impact? What are technologies that might advance such a process? How can we deliver such software to a broad audience? How can we teach the next generation engineers and scientists on the latest research software? What are critical user requirements? What are critical developer requirements? What are the incentives for faculty members to share their competitive advantages? How do we know early on if such an infrastructure is successful? This presentation will show how nanoHUB.org addresses these questions.

    By serving a community of 230,000 users in the past 12 months with an ever-growing collection of 3,000 resources, including over 220 simulation tools, nanoHUB.org has established itself as “the world’s largest nanotechnology user facility” [1]. nanoHUB.org is driving significant knowledge transfer among researchers and speeding transfer from research to education, quantified with usage statistics, usage patterns, collaboration patterns, and citation data from the scientific literature. Over 850 nanoHUB citations in the literature resulting in a secondary citation h-index of 41 prove that high quality research by users outside of the pool of original tool developers can be enabled by nanoHUB processes. In addition to high-quality content, critical attributes of nanoHUB success are its open access, ease of use, utterly dependable operation, low-cost and rapid content adaptation and deployment, and open usage and assessment data. The open-source HUBzero software platform, built for nanoHUB and now powering many other hubs, is architected to deliver a user experience corresponding to these criteria.

    In June 2011 the National Science and Technology Council published Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness [2], writing “Accelerating the pace of discovery and deployment of advanced material systems will therefore be crucial to achieving global competitiveness in the 21st century.” The Council goes on to say, "Open innovation will play a key role in accelerating the development of advanced computational tools. … An existing system that is a good example of a first step toward open innovation is the nanoHUB, a National Science Foundation program run through the Network for Computational Nanotechnology."

    [2] Quote by Mikhail Roco, Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology, National Science Foundation.
    [1] http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/materials_genome_initiative-final.pdf  


    Type Science Track
    Session Titles Data and Analytics

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