VMD with NAMD, JMV, and BioCoRE at Siggraph 2001
Siggraph 2001 Demonstrations
VMD will be demonstrated on a multiprocessor SunBlade 1000
equipped with Expert3D graphics and UltraSPARC-III processors.
The demos will show VMD 1.7, the most recent version of VMD, and will
highlight VMD's interactive visualization and animation
features as well as the new sequence browser and ramachandran
plotting features. In addition, VMD will be demonstrated using
Spaceball and haptic input devices for finer 3-D positioning and
for performing interactive molecular dynamics simulations. The
IMD simulations will be run on a separate, larger computer.
The haptic device will be driven by a dedicated laptop running
the UNC VRPN software. VMD's animation and publication-quality
rendering features will be demonstrated by creating some
high-quality animations using the 24 processor SunFire 6800 server ,
running Tachyon in parallel to process the VMD animation frames.
The Interactive MD simulations will be performed using NAMD on
a 24 processor SunFire 6800 with Sun's recently released
ClusterTools 4.0 MPI parallel communication software.
The interactive simulation rates and parallel scalability of NAMD
will be directly highlighted by the IMD simulations demonstrated
at the show. NAMD achieves about 90% efficiency on the Sun 6800
system using 24 processors, and should make for a very impressive
JMV will be demonstrated on the SunBlade 1000, and may also be
shown in Sun's Java3D "pod" area. JMV will be shown running
within a web browser and as a standalone application.
JMV's design makes it usable as a component within other
Java programs. If time allows and there is audience interest,
we may demonstrate how JMV can be assembled from individual
Java bean components.
- BioCoRE: If we have external network connectivity, we will also be able to show off BioCoRE to people interested in collaboration in general, and in collaborative visualization specifically. I'll show the BioCoRE chat system, the file system, and show how JMV can be spawned to view files on the BioCoRE filesystem.