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Name of Collaboratory :


Diesel Combustion Collaboratory (DCC)


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Collaboratory Status :

Completed   Start Date : 1997 End Date : 2001 Info Last Updated : Mon, Dec 6 2004 12:01am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Distributed Research Center  

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Product Development, Community Data Systems, Expert Consultation  

Domain(s) :

  Engineering, physics

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


The Diesel Combustion Collaboratory facilitates collaboration among participants in a distributed research project, specifically the Heavy Duty Diesel Combustion CRADA (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement). DCC provides tools and technologies that to allow researchers at different sites to:

1. Share graphical data (from experiments or models) easily, using desktop workstations or personal computers.
2. Discuss modeling strategies and quickly exchange model descriptions between groups.
3. Archive experimental data, model data, and presentation materials in a Web-accessible electronic notebook.
4. Produce a Distributed Execution Management System (DEMS) to run combustion models at widely-separated locations.
5. Build Web-based data-processing tools to allow quicker analysis of experimental data and modeling results.
6. Videoconference one-on-one collaborations and group meetings using desktop workstations and personal computers.

The Diesel Combustion Collaboratory facilitates distributed collaboration by way of archiving, sharing, discussion and information protection abilities among research partners. The project also leverages a variety of other efforts to increase the capabilities of building realistic physical models and designing powerful diagnostic experiments.


Access to Instruments :


Access to Information Resources :

  BSCW (Basic Support for Cooperative Work) Environment: shared file space, data archives, and image library

PREplot: a web-based two-dimensional plotting server
Conversion Central: Image and data file format conversion


Access to People as Resources :

  Dialogue between diesel combustion researchers via communications technologies, including a mailing list/discussion

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

Department of Energy (DOE)

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:


Notes on Participants/Organizations:
12-18 (12 according to original DOE grant, 18 according to website)Engineering Researchers and Engine Designers


Communications Technology Used :

  MS NetMeeting, SunForm, SGImeeting, Lotus Sametime, Mbone  

Technical Capabilities :

  Management of technical resources
Access control/login facilities
Remote launch of computation, Simulation, modeling, visualization
Asynchronous object sharing
Index/metadata, General search capability, Common file space, Email/attachments
Asynchronous conversation
Web forms, Email
Synchronous object sharing
Telepointers/annotation, Share visualization, Application sharing
Synchronous conversation
Audio, Video, Instant messaging/chat
  Key Articles :  

Finholt, T. A. (2003). Collaboratories as a new form of scientific organization Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 12(1), 5-25.

Kouzes, R. T. (2000). Electronic collaboration in environmental and physical sciences research. In S. H. Koslow & M. F. Huerta (editors). Electronic collaboration in science. (pp. 89-112). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

North Carolina Board of Science and Technology and National Research Council (1999). Collaboratories: Improving research capabilities in chemical and biomedical sciences. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Pancerella, C.M., Rahn, L.A., & Yang, C.L. (1999). The Diesel Combustion Collaboratory: Combustion researchers collaborating over the Internet. In Proceedings of the 1999 ACM/IEEE Conference on Supercomputing (CDROM). New York: ACM Press.


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