From: John Stone (
Date: Sat Dec 15 2018 - 14:46:08 CST

  Both VMD and NAMD have been compiled on a few different
ARM platforms. The details of doing this are highly platform-dependent.

I've personally built VMD on ARM v7 for Android, several different
32-bit ARMv7+GPU single-board computers, and more recently on a couple
of 64-bit ARM boards with and without GPUs.
In each of these cases, the starting point looks more or less like any
other Linux build of VMD except that the compiler flags are different
for the specific ARM target you're working with.
For VMD the biggest issue is choosing whatever OpenGL you're going to use.

For NAMD things are roughly similar, but the biggest factor is likely
getting Charm++ compiled first.

  John Stone

On Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 11:29:58AM -0500, Joey Gehring wrote:
> Has anyone successfully installed NAMD and VMD successfully onto ARM
> based architectures? Is there compatibility there or not? I was just
> curious because I have an ARM based computer (ASUS tinkerboard) that I
> am attempting to get working using vmd and namd. Perhaps you could
> point me in the right direction if someone was already successful in
> that endeavor?
> Warm regards,
> Joey

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