Building Toward the Future in Chemical and Materials Simulation with Accessible and Intelligently Designed Web Applications
Over the last few decades, significant progress has been made in the development and use of electronic structure and other molecular simulation methods. As these methods become more mature and are able to simulate larger and more complex chemical simulations, the need for improvement in scientific visualization, molecular builders, simplified input to simulation methods, and the development of new approaches and languages to describe simulations, along with workflows to carry them out, becomes more apparent. In this chapter, we describe our recent efforts in developing a prototype open-source computational tool called Arrows that combines NWChem, SQL and NoSQL databases, email, web APIs, and web applications in a way that make molecular and materials modeling accessible to all scientists and engineers. At the same time, because of its simplified input, it provides a framework for expert users to carry out large numbers of calculations and run complex workflows.