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CCC_atom is the merging of the CAVE Collaborative Console (CCC) with the AtomView application used to view atomic structures.  The combination of the two allows multiple users to view, interpret, and analyze physical based simulation models of atomic structures with collaborative tools available within the CCC.  This site provides download access to the application, as well as instructions on installation and how to use it.  Specifically CCC_atom was desgined to enhance scientific collaboration.   A good example of the type of collaboration between Virginia Tech & Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland using AtomView can now be enhanced using CCC_atom.  CCC_atom will also be used by students in the NSF-Combined Research Curriculum Development (CRCD) class this Fall.   A brief explanation of atomview and the CCC are also described here.   For a more complete description of the CCC please see its own site: CCC.

Atomview itself takes in data files with the positions and the models of the atoms you wish to use.   You may input as many data files as you want indicating different positions for the atoms and these files can then be viewed in sequence to show a timeline of events in the atomic structure. 

Picture showing 2D-radar, Participant 
List and a remote participant.

Functionality includes the ability to scale the entire model as well as the individual atoms, view the different data files in a continuous stream and the ability to navigate about the atomic structure.   Because the data format for CCC_atom is compatible with MSI software, therefore AtomView files can be loaded into MSI's WebLabViewer and functionality extends to viewing these same files at desktop workstations.

The CCC gives multiple users a forum, complete with useful tools, that facilitates collaborative work.   Functionality includes radar to see where other users are, a participant list to see the names and relative distances of other users, the ability to see through somebody else's eyes or jump next to them whenever needed and the convenience of being able to save a path of movements for later playback.

The merging of CCC and AtomView into CCC_atom allows users, connected by the network, to collaboratively interpret and analyze their supercomputer simulations anywhere in the world.   Closely associated with CCC_atom is the Network Programming Interface Builder (NPIB) that allows users to organize, submit, and analyze their supercomputer legacy code simulations within an interactive Web-basesd Java interface.   For example NPIB was used to predicted crack growth in a Ni-Al B2 structure based on legacy code developed by members of the Center for Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science (CMSMS).   Our future plans are to use DIVERSE's DGL so that the collaboration can be extended to include researchers and students running Linux on Intel workstations.   Together CCC_atom and NPIB can be used as productivity tools for materials researchers.

CCC_atom: The merging of Atomview with CCC ver. 3.1 was done by Greg Edwards.
AtomView: The orginial atom viewing program was created by John Shalf and Dr. Ronald Kriz.
CCC Authors: The original CCC (Ver 1.0) was created by Kevin Curry and Kent Swartz. Current version (3.2.2) of CCC was created by Fernando das Neves and Greg Edwards.
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Pages written by  Greg Edwards and Ron Kriz,