[Chimera-users] Front End for NAMD?
Rudy J. Richardson
rjrich at umich.edu
Sun Jan 6 07:47:29 PST 2013
To whom it may concern:
First, my profound thanks to the creators of Chimera for a superb research
and teaching tool. I am especially grateful for the excellent interface
with Modeller for doing such things as creating and optimizing loops to
repair chain breaks in X-ray structures; this feature is greatly improved
in v. 1.7rc.
I am also grateful that Chimera can be used to visualize results of MD
simulations with, e.g., NAMD. However, in addition to viewing results, it
would be great if Chimera could be developed to serve as an interactive
GUI for setting up, running, and analyzing NAMD simulations, including
steered MD, as well. There is a real need to make MD more accessible to a
wider range of scientists, and it appears that Chimera could be an
excellent platform for this. I realize that VMD has co-evolved with NAMD
for this purpose, but VMD lacks the integration, polish, and intuitive
ease of use of Chimera.
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