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 5000 citations as of October 2015.

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

Multilevel Summation Method for Electrostatic Force Evaluation, JCTC, 2014.

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Spotlight: Molecular Sushi Roll (June 2007)

Nanodisc Disassembly

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We all know sushi rolls, but just to be sure here is an easy definition: a wrapper encircles rice which holds a precious bit of fish. To make a sushi role is an art and the same holds true for molecular sushi that is made of two lipoproteins as wrapper, lipids as rice, and membrane proteins as filling. Sushi rolls are for eating. Molecular sushi roles are for holding membrane proteins in place for physical analysis; they actually come only in sliced form, one disc at a time. Due to their size, the discs are called nanodiscs. Since membrane proteins are notoriously difficult to study experimentally due to their need to be in a "native" membrane environment, nanodiscs are a great tool, furnishing a membrane environment that has been used to embed a variety of membrane proteins for biochemical assay, including cytochrome P450's, rhodopsin, bacterial chemoreceptors, blood clotting factors, and translocation proteins. Unfortunately, it is difficult to make either real or molecular sushi rolls (nanodiscs). In either case one needs to lay down the ingredients first. In the case of nanodiscs, one starts from the raw ingredients which are solubilized by the detergent cholate. Removing the detergent allows the nanodiscs to self-assemble. However, the assembly process is difficult to quantify experimentally, thus researchers rather studied the disassembly process, i.e., how detergent disassembles preformed nanodiscs. One can watch a sushi chef make rolls, but watching the disassembly and assembly of nanodiscs is harder due the the small size. Fortunately, a computer can image the process. In a recent publication, nanodisc disassembly through the addition of increasing concentrations of cholate was monitored through computer simulations using NAMD and verified through experimental small-angle X-ray scattering. The study showed how cholate molecules insert themselves at the interface between the lipids and lipoproteins towards complete disassembly. The simulations employed a new method called residue-based coarse-graining. For more information, see our webpage on nanodiscs.

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Antibiotic Resistance Through Efflux Pumps
Membrane Protein Breakthrough
Massive Flu Virus Simulations
Ion Channels in General Anesthesia
How HIV Defeats Cellular Defender
Key Component in Bacterial Decisions
TCBG Papers and Presentations at SC15
Charm++-Related Events at SC15
TCBG Reaches Milestone 40th Workshop
NAMD Paper Has 5000 Citations
Transport Cycle in Atomic Detail
Atomic Model of Immature Retrovirus
ANL Supercomputer Early Science Program
Cellulosomes: One of Life's Strongest Bonds
ORNL Supercomputer Readiness Program
Solving Puzzle-Like Bond for Biofuels
Real Science Using Stampede's Xeon Phi
App Puts Chemistry at the Tips of Users' Fingers
NAMD Powers Molecules by Theodore Gray
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
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
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
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