Volume 2, Issue 5; May 2001
Editor: Jonathan M Goodman
- Semantic Web
- A new form of Web content that is meaningful to computers will unleash a
revolution of new possibilities, according to an article in
by Tim Berners-Lee and others. If knowledge representation can be added
to the internet it would create a Semantic Web, so computers would have access to
structured collections of information and sets of inference rules that
could be used to conduct automated reasoning.
More information on the semantic web is available from the
- Curl is a new computer language that is designed for client side
programs, like Java applets. Will it be a major competitor for Java?
It is too early to tell, but the project is supported by Michael L. Dertouzos,
Director of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
and Timothy Berners-Lee, the creator of the
World Wide Web and Director of the W3C.
- What is Project JXTA?
Project JXTA started as a research project
incubated at Sun Microsystems, Inc. under the
guidance of Bill Joy and Mike Clary, to explore new
styles of distributed computing. Its goal is to explore a vision of distributed
computing using peer-to-peer topology, and to develop basic building blocks and
services that would enable innovative applications for peer groups.
JXTA is short for Juxtapose. It is a recognition that peer
to peer is juxtapose to client server
or Web based computing -- what is considered
today's traditional computing model.
- Calculation of logP in a web browser
- The neuro-heuristic laboratory
in Switzerland has made an applet for calculating log P available.
- Accelrys is the new name for the company formed from MSI,
Synopsys, Oxford Molecular and the Genetics Computer Group.
- The Metamath Proof Explorer has 60 MBytes of web pages containing over 3000 completely worked out
proofs in logic and set theory, interconnected with more than 130000 hyperlinked cross-references. Each
proof is pieced together with razor-sharp precision using simple rules, allowing almost anyone with a technical
bent to follow it without difficulty
- Manchester Bioinformatics
- Four academic staff do research on various aspects of bioinformatics,
a specialist node of EMBnet the
European Molecular Biology Network.
- Toxicology links
- The ACS division of Chemical Toxicology has a list of toxicology links.
- Collaborative Computational Projects (CCPs)
- CCPs were established to assist universities in
developing, maintaining and distributing computer programs and promoting the best
computational methods. Each focuses on a specific area of research and are funded by the
UK's EPSRC, PPARC and BBSRC Research Councils. The CCP projects were set up by The
Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CLRC) High Performance Computing Initiative
- CCP1 - The electronic structure of molecules
- CCP2 - Continuum states of atoms and molecules
- CCP3 - Simulation of physical and electronic properties of surfaces and interfaces
- CCP4 - Protein crystallography
- CCP5 - Computer simulation of condensed phases
- CCP6 - Heavy particle dynamics
- CCP7 - Analysis of astronomical spectra
- CCP9 - Computational studies of the electronic structure of solids
- CCP11 - Biosequence and structure analysis
- CCP12 - High Performance Computing in Engineering
- CCP13 - Fibre and polymer diffraction
- CCP14 - Powder and small molecule single crystal diffraction
- Molecular Modelling Laboratory
- Molecular Modelling Laboratory, run by Alexander Tropsha
- Graphics programming
- The Graphics Programming Black Book by Michael Abrash is now available
on the web.
- Dr Oliver Smart's home page
- Dr Smart's primary research interest is in using computational
methods to link biomolecular function and structure.
© 2001 J M Goodman, Cambridge