NAMD 2.5b2 Released

From: Jim Phillips (
Date: Mon Sep 15 2003 - 19:51:49 CDT

Dear NAMD Users,

At long last, the winds of change have blown as one and NAMD 2.5b2 is
ready for general use. This should be very close to version 2.5 final, so
please try it out and let know of any stability or other
problems. Be sure to check the release notes, and also look for many new
tutorials and and the experimental NAMD Wiki on the main NAMD page at


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                                                  September 15, 2003

The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the University of
Illinois is proud to announce the public release of a new version of
NAMD, a parallel, object-oriented molecular dynamics code designed for
high-performance simulation of large biomolecular systems. NAMD is
distributed free of charge and includes source code. NAMD development
is supported by the NIH National Center for Research Resources.

NAMD 2.5b2 has several advantages over NAMD 2.4:

- Improved parallel scaling and serial performance.

- Trajectory reading and interaction energy analysis.

- Improved constant pressure simulation and coordinate wrapping.

NAMD is available from

For your convenience, NAMD has been ported to and will be installed
on the machines at the NSF-sponsored national supercomputing centers.
If you are planning substantial simulation work of an academic nature
you should apply for these resources. Benchmarks for your proposal
are available at

The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group encourages NAMD users
to be closely involved in the development process through reporting
bugs, contributing fixes, periodical surveys and via other means.
Questions or comments may be directed to

We are eager to hear from you, and thank you for using our software!

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