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Announcement - Open-source release, HUBzero

The developers of HUBzero announced its open source release. The software is a platform which its Purdue University creators says allows for easier use of clusters and grid computing, making it “a sort of a Swiss Army Knife for deploying and accessing computational research codes.”

It includes YouTube videos, and visualizing and analyzing results, all through a Web browser interface. Built-in social networking features akin to Facebook create communities of researchers and educators in science, engineering, medicine, almost any field or subject matter and facilitate online collaborations, distribution of research results, training and education.

The open source package is the same software underlying, an international resource for nanotechnology research and education with more than 100,000 users, and there are now 20 hubs using the software for purposes ranging from earthquake engineering to cancer care research.

The open source package became availabl on the HUBzero web site at

The open source package includes:

  • HUBzero Web, social networking and research publishing elements.
  • Middleware that makes it easier to connect to supercomputing clusters and other grid computing infrastructure.
  • And the middleware to manage online research and educational tools and tool sessions, along with HUBzero's Rappture tool kit, which helps turn research codes into Web-enabled, graphical applications.

The open source version of HUBzero is covered by a GNU Lesser General Public License. The license commits developers who make changes in the existing core software to returning those changes to the community as open source.


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