Laptop Setup

This page describes how workshop participants should set up their laptops for participation in workshop hands-on tutorial sessions.

I. Install Software

Tutorial sessions use the VMD - version 1.9.1 and NAMD - version 2.9 software packages, plus plotting programs (e.g., Excel on Windows, XMGrace on Unix/Mac) and text editors (e.g, Notepad on Windows, Emacs, vi on Unix, TextEdit on Mac) as described on the laptop requirements page. Be sure that all your software is installed and tested before you arrive at the workshop - there is no time on site for installation troubleshooting.

II. Install Tutorials Texts and Files

Each tutorial consists of a text in pdf format, and computer files used in the tutorial. Be sure that you have the files you need each day of the tutorial sessions in place before you arrive at the workshop. Files by day of workshop tutorial session are listed below. It is easiest to follow the tutorials if files are placed in a 'Workshop' directory on the desktop.

Day 1 - Introduction to Protein Structure and Dynamics - Klaus Schulten

Day 2: Statistical Mechanics of Proteins; Force Field Parameterization - Emad Tajkhorshid


Day 3: Computational Nano-Bio - Alek Aksimentiev

Day 4: Introduction to Bioinformatics - Zaida Luthey-Schulten
(See instructions here for configuring metadata for MultiSeq - needed for all tutorials)




  • Participants work on their own projects


Day 5: Simulating Membrane Proteins - Emad Tajkhorshid