NAS Technical Reports
CFD Data Sets on the WWW for Education and Testing
Al Globus, Computer Sciences Corporation
Technical Report NAS-95-015
The Numerical Aerodynamic Simulation (NAS) Systems Division at
NASA Ames Research Center has begun the development of a Computational
Fluid Dynamics (CFD) data set archive on the World Wide Web (WWW) at
Data sets are integrated with related information such as research papers,
metadata, visualizations, etc. In this paper,
four classes of users are identified and discussed:
students, visualization developers, CFD practitioners, and management.
Bandwidth and security issues are briefly reviewed and the status of the
archive as of May 1995 is examined.
Routine network distribution of data sets is likely to have profound
implications for the conduct of science.
The exact nature of these changes is subject to speculation,
but the ability for anyone to examine the data, in addition to the
investigator's analysis, may well play an important role in the future.
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