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CCP home page is the Collaborative Computational Projects home page. For convenience, some of the information on that page is summarised here.

What are CCPs?

The Collaborative Computational Projects (CCPs) bring together leading UK expertise in key fields of computational research to tackle large-scale scientific software development, maintenance and distribution. Each project represents many years of intellectual and financial investment. The aim is to capitalise on this investment by encouraging widespread and long term use of the software, and by fostering new initiatives such as High End Computing consortia.

What do CCPs do?

The CCPs enrich UK computational science and engineering research in various ways. They provide a software infrastructure on which important individual research projects can be built. They support both the R&D and exploitation phases of computational research projects. They ensure the development of software which makes optimum use of the whole range of hardware available to the scientific community, from the desktop to the most powerful national supercomputing facilities.

Current CCPs

  1. CCP4 Macromolecular crystallography: "exists to produce and support a world-leading, integrated suite of programs that allows researchers to determine macromolecular structures by X-ray crystallography, and other biophysical techniques. CCP4 aims to develop and support the development of cutting edge approaches to experimental determination and analysis of protein structure, and integrate these approaches into the suite. CCP4 is a community based resource that supports the widest possible researcher community, embracing academic, not for profit, and for profit research. CCP4 aims to play a key role in the education and training of scientists in experimental structural biology. It encourages the wide dissemination of new ideas, techniques and practice."
  2. CCP5 "is the Collaborative Computational Project for computer simulation of condensed phase materials at length scales spanning from atomistic to mesoscopic levels. Materials of interest are such as liquids, polymers, solids, surface materials and macromolecules. CCP5 is a very active research community funded predominantly by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of Great Britain."
  3. CCP9 Computational electronic structure of condensed matter. "The field includes the study of metals, semiconductors, magnets, and superconductors from microscopic quantum mechanical calculations. The activities of CCP9 encompass such highly topical areas as magneto-electronics (GMR, CMR, spin-transistors), photonics, nano-technology, high-temperature superconductors, and novel wide band gap semiconductors (eg GaN, diamond films)."
  4. CCP12 - no link - High performance computing in engineering
  5. CCP-ASEArch Algorithms and software for emerging architectures "is a new EPSRC-funded Collaborative Computational Project (CCP). Led by the Oxford e-Research Centre, in collaboration with Bristol University and STFC staff at both Daresbury and RAL, ASEArch is investigating the use of novel architectures such as NVIDIA GPUs and Intel Xeon Phi accelerators, and assisting the other CCPs in their exploitation."
  6. CCP-BioSim Biomolecular simulation at the life sciences interface
  7. CCP-EM - no link - Electron cryo-microscopy
  8. CCPi "aims to provide the UK tomography community with a toolbox of algorithms that increases the quality and level of information that can be extracted by computer tomography. Currently chaired by Prof Philip Withers (Manchester University) and co-ordinated by staff in the Scientific Computing Department of STFC (at Daresbury and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories), it is led by a working group of experimental and theoretical academics with links to the Diamond Light Source and Industry."
  9. CCPN "The Collaborative Computing Project for NMR (CCPN) is a project that aims to bring together computational aspects of the scientific community involved in NMR spectroscopy of biological molecules, especially those who work in the field of protein NMR. The general aims are to link new and existing NMR software via a common data standard and provide a forum within the community for the discussion of NMR software and the scientific methods it supports. CCPN was initially started in 1999 in the United Kingdom but collaborates with scientific and software development groups worldwide. CCPN aims to perform a service for NMR spectroscopists analogous to that of CCP4 in the X-ray community."
  10. CCP-NC "supports a multidisciplinary community of NMR spectroscopists, crystallographers, materials modellers and application scientists by developing and integrating software across the area of NMR crystallography. This is an emerging field, defined as the combined use of experimental NMR and computation to provide new insight, with atomic resolution, into structure, disorder and dynamics in the solid state."
  11. CCPP Computational plasma physics. "The study of plasma physics covers a huge range of scales and applications. It is core to the development of laboratory experiments such as fusion power, new light sources and the next generation of particle accelerators. On the largest scales it is fundamental to our understanding of astrophysics. PlasmaCCP was established in 2007 with the aim of pooling the collective expertise across these disparate subjects and developing core plasma physics simulation coes, and training packages, for UK science. The CCP includes staff from UK universities, UKAEA, Culham, RAL and AWE."
  12. CCPQ Quantum dynamics in atomic, molecular and optical physics "is a collaborative computational project with the original objectives (as CCP2) of developing theoretical techniques and computer programs to describe collisions between projectiles such as electrons, positrons or photons and atomic or molecular targets. Over the years these objectives have expanded to include atoms and molecules in strong (long-pulse and attosecond) laser fields, low-energy interactions of antihydrogen with small atoms and molecules, cold atoms, Bose-Einstein condensates and optical lattices. The project involves research scientists from UK universities and government laboratories as well as scientists from Germany, Italy, Japan and US. In late 2011, CCP2 was 'reborn' as CCPQ, taking in network activities, code curation and related molecular research such as molecular wavepacket dynamics, ultracold molecule formation and cold chemistry, from CCP6."
  13. CCP-SAS Analysis of structural data in chemical bio0logy and soft condensed matter. "The CCP-SAS project is focused on developing an easy-to-use modeling package that enables users to generate physically accurate atomistic models, calculate scattering profiles and compare results to experimental scattering data sets in a single web-based software suite. This enables a broad range of scattering scientists to access often complicated simulation and scattering analysis methods seamlessly thus providing a significant acceleration to the discovery process."
  14. CCPForge " is a collaborative software development environment for computational science projects under any of the main CCP projects ( Projects hosted on the site should deal with one application which gives its name to the project. This allows users to search CCPForge for a particular application by name and not have to know which CCP it comes under. (So someone who is told “You should use the CCP code Foo to model that” can find it easily!) An application that comprises several smaller component applications will be acceptable so long as it is what a user might look for."

Former CCPs

  1. CCP1 The electronic structure of molecules (defunct link)
  2. CCP3 Computational studies of surfaces (defunct link)
  3. CCP6 Molecular quantum dynamics
  4. CCP13 Software for fibre and polymer diffraction
  5. CCP14 Powder diffraction

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