(Received: November 28, 2001; Accepted for publication: June 14, 2002; Published on Web: September 13, 2002)
The authors have started the design and programming for Summy (Solutions Utilities for Material Mining by Yourself), which is a bench side computing environment for computer-aided material design. Though databases and/or computational facilities for material design are usually located far from bench side, based on a network computing infrastructure using a Grid technology: Ninf, Summy provides access to data base and computers from bench side to get properties rapidly. Using the property estimation function of Summy, material designers can calculate not only molecular orbitals but also many thermophysical properties at their bench side.
Design concept, user interface, and implementation ideas of Summy are overviewed in this article.
Keywords: Computer-Aided Material Design, Bench Side Computing Environment, Network Computing, Property Estimation Function
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