Since September starts a virtual laboratory workshop on modeling in nanotechnology

Since the beginning of the school year in several universities of the National Nanotechnology Network (NNN) will open education project virtual laboratory works on the basis of educational and methodical software complex "Multiscale modeling in nanotechnology — nanoModel. " With its capabilities can be found at


The complex was developed with the support of the Federal Agency for Science and Innovation under the federal target program "Research and development on priority directions of scientific-technological complex of Russia for 2007-2012".

Virtual laboratory training at the Nanotechnology Center of the Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg
Virtual laboratory training at the Nanotechnology Center of the Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg

— Our educational and methodical software system — says Vyacheslav Mizgulin, Project Manager — is a simple solution to several complex educational issues arising from the hustle and bustle at the intersection of IT and nanotechnology …

Firstly, this visualization. We have developed a special engine that allows you to record and play high-quality videos of computational experiments to create and display 3D models of structures, interactive charts and histograms. All of these features do not require users to purchase high-performance graphics workstations and install "heavy" software. In the computer lab, a home computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone, you can open a web browser and access to all the features of the complex. We have tried to make a web-based interface is easy and intuitive to him and could not understand the student and the teacher.

Secondly, this platform. Each department has its own design for sure that they use for laboratory work. Modern theses and dissertations, one way or another related to nanotechnology, rarely do without software. nanoModel allows embedding computing modules, create new techniques and experimenting centrally, using a single data repository and common interfaces, that is acting as a so-called eScience-platform. Development of students and employees of departments that accumulate in teaching and research process will now be orderly stored in a specially configured for their environment, always ready for use and, if desired, are available via the Internet anywhere in the world.

Thirdly, this methodology. In particular, the methodology for developing research and training program modules of the remote laboratory work and computational experiments. NanoModel architecture is designed so that each user has his own business. The developer of a new computer models do not have to worry about the beauty and clarity of the interface, where to store the input and output files, and where to apply the guidelines describe how to integrate with other software packages. He just needs to program the module that reads the parameters and outputs the result, and the rest is done by means of a platform nanoModel. Then the teacher is training manual and applies to the computer model, and the students are already conducting multiple computational experiments and write reports. It would seem — nothing special, but today a huge amount of research and development of software packages developed by the students, graduate students and even members of the department, is implemented so that all the algorithms of computer models of "protection" in the user interface (buttons, tables, events). As a result of such developments lose value almost immediately after the defense, because usually run exclusively on the development computer and are not suitable for integration with other software packages, but are in essence an intermediary for the actual calculations. System methodology underlying nanoModel, initially sets the correct direction of the development of new computer models, improving the quality of the end product, and save time normally spent on interfaces.

Over the summer, we spent a couple of seminars on the organization of a virtual laboratory workshop on nanotechnology in high schools with nanoModel. Experience has shown that our project perfectly fits into the development programs of universities and is of great interest not only for students and teachers, but also for the administration, well as the development of the Russian. In addition, many were interested in the integration of complex multimedia boards, 3D visualization systems, supercomputers and research facilities — all of these issues are easily solved. With regards to conduct remote labs through the Internet has no shared vision, but the tool is ready and you can try.

In September, we open free access to the demo site nanoModel. Of course, this site is not enough for a full-fledged laboratory work, especially in the entire country. We do not physically be able to provide all users a sufficient amount of computational resources. After all supplies in schools include its own cluster, data warehousing, web server, and more. However, by using this site, you can see how the complex, and even do a little research.

In general, we are open to modern "cloud" model of IT business when a user conducts experiments on leased computing resources (the clouds). In this case, all the organizational and technical issues we take on. You only need to indicate their desire to us at If you are developing computer models, we can also find common ground, because nanoModel a platform, but the commercial distribution of custom development in the promotion of the whole complex requires extensive negotiations with developers.
Author — Vyacheslav Mizgulin, LLC "Siamsa", Ekaterinburg

Help: LLC "Siamsa" more than 20 years specializing in the development of high technologies of image analysis and computer simulation for the various fields of science and industry. Over the years the company has gained considerable experience in the field of scientific study of the structural and optical properties of materials, including micro-and nano-levels. Arsenal of scientific research installations are digital and virtual microscopy, a specialized database of the structures, many methods of automated image analysis and computer simulation developed in close collaboration with leading research centers and universities in the country.

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