Should I use a precompiled binary?

From: Andrew DeYoung (
Date: Fri May 24 2013 - 15:36:41 CDT

Hi NAMD users,

I am new to NAMD, though I have about 1.5 years experience using other MD
codes. I have a working knowledge of Linux, but am not extremely

Do you recommend that I install NAMD from a precompiled binary (available
or should I install by compiling from the source code (also available on
that page)?

In other words, my question is, is there any advantage in terms of potential
performance of compiling from the source code? I will not be modifying the
source code; I would just like the fastest binary for the Linux-x86 cluster
(node with 24 cores) to which I have access. In my (limited) experience, it
seems that many of the other MD codes do not provide precompiled binaries.
I have heard that this is because "there are just so many platforms out

Thanks so much,

Andrew DeYoung
Carnegie Mellon University

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