NAMD, recipient of a 2002 Gordon Bell Award and a 2012 Sidney Fernbach Award, is a parallel molecular dynamics code designed for high-performance simulation of large biomolecular systems. Based on Charm++ parallel objects, NAMD scales to hundreds of cores for typical simulations and beyond 500,000 cores for the largest simulations. NAMD uses the popular molecular graphics program VMD for simulation setup and trajectory analysis, but is also file-compatible with AMBER, CHARMM, and X-PLOR. NAMD is distributed free of charge with source code. You can build NAMD yourself or download binaries for a wide variety of platforms. Our tutorials show you how to use NAMD and VMD for biomolecular modeling.

The 2005 reference paper Scalable molecular dynamics with NAMD has over 4000 citations as of September 2014.

Wit, grit and a supercomputer yield chemical structure of HIV capsid (article referring to NAMD simulations on Blue Waters reported in Zhao et al., Nature, 497:643-646, 2013.)

Rapid parameterization of small molecules using the force field toolkit, JCC, 2013.

HPCwire Editors' Choice Award: Best use of HPC in life sciences

NAMD Powers Molecules by Theodore Gray App for iPhone and iPad

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Other Spotlights 

Spotlight: Cracks in the Mirror (May 2009)

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Computational modeling seeks to simulate biomolecules, particularly proteins. The dream of computational biologists is that their simulations realistically mirror the structure and dynamics of proteins, which act as molecular machines in living cells. Indeed, when researchers tried to simulate how a nascent protein folds into its known shape the chosen protein, called WW domain, did not fold properly (see the May 2008 Highlight). Until recently, simulations could follow protein movement for about 0.0000001 seconds and the computational mirror seemed to work well. Recently, however, simulations with the program NAMD began to follow proteins for almost 0.0001 seconds, a thousand times longer, and the mirror showed cracks. Thus, a question arose as to what went wrong and how the distortion could be repaired. It was unclear whether the simulations still did not last long enough, or whether the physical interactions in the protein were poorly described in the computer model that was used. As reported in a recent paper, the interactions show subtle errors, significant enough to throw off the energy balance in the folding protein. Fortunately, the results suggest ways to improve the computation of physical interactions to fold proteins more accurately, repairing the cracks in the mirror. More information is available at our protein folding website.

Overview

Having Problems with NAMD?
Why NAMD? (in pictures)
Molecular Dynamics Flexible Fitting
Steered Molecular Dynamics
Interactive Molecular Dynamics
Features and Capabilities
Performance Benchmarks
Publications and Citations
Credits and Development Team

Availability

Read the License
Download NAMD Binaries (also VMD)
Build from Source Code
Run at NCSA, SDSC, NICS, or Texas

Training

"Hands-On" Workshop in Atlanta (Nov 3-7, 2014)
"Hands-On" Workshop in Bremen (June 16-20, 2014)
Charm++ Workshop in Urbana (April 29-30, 2014)
Cryo-EM Modeling Workshop in Urbana (Jan 8-10, 2014)
"Hands-On" Workshop in Urbana (Nov 18-22, 2013)
GPU Programming Workshop in Urbana (Aug 2-4, 2013)
"Hands-On" Workshop in Pittsburgh (June 10-14, 2013)
Charm++ Workshop in Urbana (April 15-16, 2013)
"Hands-On" Workshop in Urbana (Oct 22-26, 2012)
In-Residence Training in Urbana (July 16-27, 2012)
Charm++ Workshop in Urbana (May 7-9, 2012)
Membrane Protein Modeling Workshop in Chicago (May 1-2, 2012)
"Hands-On" Workshop in Urbana (Feb 11-15, 2012)
"Hands-On" Computational Biophysics Workshops
Older Workshops

Support

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NAMD Wiki (Recent Changes)
  
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Tutorial-L Mailing List (Archive)
  

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Announcements

NAMD 2.10 New Features
NAMD 2.10 (Dec 2014)
NAMD 2.10b2 (Nov 2014)
NAMD 2.10b1 (Aug 2014)
NAMD 2.9 New Features
NAMD 2.9 (April 2012)
2011 User Survey Report
NAMD 2.8 New Features
NAMD 2.8 (May 2011)
NAMD 2.7 New Features
NAMD 2.7 (Oct 2010)
How to Cite NAMD
Previous Announcements

Documentation

NAMD 2.10 User's Guide
   
  (also 720k HTML or 1.1M PDF)
NAMD 2.10 Release Notes
Running Charm++ Programs (including NAMD)
Post-Release Updates on NAMD Wiki
Introductory NAMD Tutorials
Introductory VMD Tutorials
Free Energy Tutorials
Specialized Topic Tutorials
Bionanotechnology Tutorials
All NAMD & VMD Tutorials
  

Adaptive Biasing Force Website
Interactive Molecular Dynamics Tutorial
Related Codes, Scripts, and Examples
NAMD Wiki (Recent Changes)
Older Documentation

News

App Puts Chemistry at the Tips of Users' Fingers
NAMD Powers Molecules by Theodore Gray
TCBG Papers and Presentations at SC14
Charm++-Related Events at SC14
Big Ten Network "Computing a Virus" Feature
NAMD Paper Has 4000 Citations
Bolstering Extreme Scale Computational Biology
CUDA Achievment Award for Fighting HIV
Team learns how membrane transporter moves
Charm++-Related Events at SC13
Extreme Computational Biology at SC13
Editors' Choice: Best use of HPC in life sciences
Rapid parameterization of small molecules
NAMD Paper Has 3000 Citations
Code cracks HIV capsid, opens drug possibilities
HIV-1 Capsid Structure Determined
Poliovirus Simulated on BlueGene/Q
Virus Structure Determined with Blue Waters
Fashioning NAMD: A History of Risk and Reward
Kale, Schulten Receive Fernback Award
Making History on Blue Waters
Hello Siri, Please Start My Experiment Now
Blue Waters Early Science System
Proteins Help DNA Replicate Past Damage
SC11: Scaling to 100 Million Atoms
Copper Folds Parkinson's Plaques
Mechanics of Membrane Proteins
Molecular Mystery of Blood Clotting
Alzheimer's Misfolding Simulated
When Cellular Bones Soften
Getting the Rabbit in the Hat
Insights Into Deafness
Molecular Machines Replicate and Repair DNA
Sound Science
Blueprint for the Affordable Genome
Mechanics of Hearing and Deafness
NAMD Paper Has 1000 Citations
Closing the Gaps
Inside the Swine Flu Virus
GPU Acceleration in Development
NCSA IACAT to Accelerate NAMD
Parkinson's, Alzheimer's Diseases
Knock, Knock, Who's There?
Step Up to the BAR Domain
Older News Items