A new article titled "NSF Cyberinfrastructures: A New Paradigm for Advancing Materials Simulations" by Ellad B. Tadmor, Ryan S. Elliott, Simon R. Phillpot and Susan B. Sinnott has been published in Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science. The article provides an introduction to "cyberinfrastructures", which are defined as "tightly integrated, planet-wide grids of computing, information, networking and sensor resources." Two cyberinfrastructures related to molecular simulations of materials supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are described in detail: (1) Open Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models (OpenKIM), and (2) Cyberinfrastructure for Atomistic Materials Science (CAMS).
From the abstract:
"This paper discusses the motivation for the creation of cyberinfrastructures to enhance specific technical areas of research. It then goes on to provide a review of two cyberinfrastructures supported by the National Science Foundation, OpenKIM and CAMS, which are geared towards enhancing materials mod- eling at the atomic scale. Their objectives, accomplishments, and future goals are discussed. Lastly, the future outlook for cyberinfrastructures such as these to impact materials modeling is discussed."
The full article is available here.