NAMD is a parallel molecular dynamics code designed for high-performance simulation of large biomolecular systems. Based on Charm++ parallel objects, NAMD scales to hundreds of processors on high-end parallel platforms and tens of processors on commodity clusters using gigabit ethernet.
Definitely installed on sinister.
NAMD is open source but commercial use isn't permitted. The licence explains how to cite it. The full licence text can be found at the bottom of this page.
Instructions for users
The tutorial files are kept in /usr/local/namd/namd-tutorial-files.
You probably want to load the multicore version and use that over 12 cores on the newer machines.
module add namd/multicore namd2 +p12 configfile
If you want to do anything fancier, have a look at http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/namd/2.8/notes.html for running over more than one machine and use the TCP version.
Online user's guide at http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/namd/2.8/ug/.
Comes precompiled. Untar it and go. If you really want to build it, have a look at the notes on the local wiki.
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