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  • Description

    a parallel molecular dynamics code designed for high-performance simulation of large biomolecular systems.

  • Primary Citation*

    J. C. Phillips, R. Braun, W. Wang, J. Gumbart, E. Tajkhorshid, E. Villa, C. Chipot, R. D. Skeel, L. Kale, and K. Schulten. 2005. Scalable molecular dynamics with NAMD. J Comput Chem. 26: 1781-1802.
    (Note: Electronic documents that cite NAMD should also include a link to the NAMD page: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/namd/)

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    Citation Note

    In addition to using the primary citation listed below, reports or published results obtained with NAMD shall acknowledge its use and credit the developers as: "NAMD was developed by the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign."

  • Categories

    Computational Chemistry, Structural Biology

  • Default Versions

    Linux 64 2.12
    OS X INTEL 2.11

  • Other Available Versions

    Linux 32 2.3
    Linux 32 2.6
    Linux 32 2.7b3
    Linux 32 2.9
    Linux 64 2.11
    Linux 64 2.11-cuda
    Linux 64 2.11-mpi
    Linux 64 2.11-multicore
    Linux 64 2.12-cuda
    Linux 64 2.12-multicore
    Linux 64 2.9
    Linux 64 2.9-cuda
    OS X INTEL 2.7b3
    OS X INTEL 2.9
    powermac 2.5
    powermac 2.6b1
    powermac 2.7b3

  • Developers

    NAMD Developer Group, Jim Phillips, Klaus Schulten.

  • Tales

    Computing Cellular Clockworks

    Computing Cellular Clockworks

    Physicist Klaus Schulten once imagined becoming a dancer, relying on nothing but his own mind and body to perform. “But I was not a good dancer,” he says. “So my next thing was theoretical physicist. Just myself, pencil and paper — and in my case, also an eraser.”

    That dream was also thwarted. Today, Schulten relies on some of the most powerful and expensive computing equipment on earth to carry out his work, which applies theoretical physics to the understanding of biological systems. His most recent work involved the molecular simulation of an organelle that converts light energy to chemical energy inside a photosynthetic bacterium using the molecular dynamics tools NAMD and VMD, which his lab develops. Looking forward, he wants to simulate an entire living cell, right down ...

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