nanoHUB usage extensive
August 13, 2008
The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) mission is to support the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) by designing, constructing, deploying, and operating www.nanoHUB.org, a national cyber-resource for nanotechnology theory, simulation, and education. The vision is to accelerate the transformation of nanoscience to nanotechnology and to build the nation’s nanotechnology workforce. Launched in 2002 with $10.5 million from the National Science Foundation and more than $4 million in support from Purdue University, NCN has deployed to date more than 90 simulation tools and 1,000 educational items authored by more than 500 members of the nanotechnology community. In 2007, NSF awarded NCN $18 million for a further five years of development and operation. From a web browser, researchers and students learn from nanoHUB educational materials, run state-of-the-art simulation tools, and view and interact with graphical results. In the 12 months ending June 30, 2008, more than 72,000 used nanoHUB. More than 265 research publications cite nanoHUB tools and/or resources, including a paper describing a new design for computer memory circuits and one analyzing a silicon nanowire transistor. During the 2007-08 academic year, 44 classes at 18 universities used nanoHUB resources. All Top 50 U.S. engineering schools and 14 percent of all .edu institutions in the U.S. use nanoHUB.
Shown below are the www.nanoHUB.org user locations in the U.S. on a Google map. nanoHUB has users at 14 percent of U.S. .edu institutions and all Top 50 U.S. engineering schools (U.S. News & World Report rankings).