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NAMD is a parallel, object-oriented molecular dynamics code designed for high-performance simulation of large biomolecular systems.

NAMD scales to hundreds of processors on high-end parallel platforms and tens of processors on commodity clusters using switched fast ethernet. NAMD is file-compatible with AMBER, CHARMM, and X-PLOR.

NAMD is developed by the University of Illinois.

How to use

First you need to decide on the version of the software you want to use. Use 

 $ module avail namd

to check what versions are available. We normally recommend using the latest version available. For example, to load the version 2.14 of namd use 

$ module load namd/2.14

For more details on using modules see our software applications guide.

NAMD is one of a few programs that may have a beta version installed. The beta version will have letter b in the version. For example, 2.10b1 is beta 1 version of 2.10. We do not recommend using beta versions, unless you really need to.

You must register your interest in NAMD with us to get access to it on the system. See Access Prerequisite section for more details.

A sample job script for NAMD is:

#PBS -l walltime=20:00:00
#PBS -l mem=4GB
#PBS -l ncpus=4
#PBS -l software=namd
#PBS -l wd
# Load module, always specify version number.
module load namd/2.14
# Must include `#PBS -l storage=scratch/ab12+gdata/yz98` if the job
# needs access to `/scratch/ab12/` and `/g/data/yz98/`
mpirun -np $PBS_NCPUS namd2 configfile > output

We build the following version of namd: namd2, namd2-node, namd2-gpu, namd2-node-gpu and namd2-plumed. Suffix -node is for OMP version (can run on 1 node only and need OMP_NUM_THREADS setting); -gpu is GPU version.

Using the GPUVOLTA queue

namd2-gpu (openmpi) 

$ module load namd/2.14
$ mpirun namd2-gpu input > output

namd2-node-gpu (multicore)

$ module load namd/2.14
$ namd2-node-gpu +p ${PBS_NCPUS} input > output

Licence requirements

To access NAMD you need to have registered at the Developer's website and let us know your username. The user registration page is linked through the download links so you will need to click an download link (but you don't need to proceed to download as far as we're concerned). We are assuming that through the registration process you have read and agreed to the NAMD licence agreement.

Once this is obtained, please request to join software group on if you wish to request access.

Note: that the registration process is the same as for VMD so if you have already registered for VMD you can provide those details.

Authors: Yue Sun, Andrey Bliznyuk, Mohsin Ali
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