Molecular Modeling programs on different platforms - table correct?
T. Chyau Liang
tliang at utmmg.med.uth.tmc.edu
Mon Sep 16 03:03:30 EST 1996
In article <51cnf2$mr0 at gap.cco.caltech.edu>, mathog at seqaxp.bio.caltech.edu
-> Periodically I check the status of various molecular modeling/molecular
-> display/related programs with respect to portability. This is my latest
-> table - if anybody sees any errors or wants to add something, please chime
-> Listed alphabetically
-> MIPS ---DEC Alpha---- Intel
-> What SGI DU WNT Windows GraphicsType
-> Biosym Yes No* No* No* GL
-> Grasp Yes No No No GL
-> MidasPlus Yes No No No GL
-> molmol Yes Yes No No X11
-> O Yes No No No GL
-> rasmol Yes Yes ? Yes X11/Windows
-> Setor Yes No No No GL
-> VMD Yes No No No GL
-> XtalView Yes Yes No No GL/X11
-> * Separately licensed "Axxess" product lets Biosym run as an X11 client.
-> Kind of amazing to me that more of these have not been ported to other
-> platforms, for instance Alpha/Linux or WNT. Looks like the only really
-> portable one is Rasmol. In terms of horsepower the SGIs are at least twice
-> as expensive as these alternatives. I guess the ports will only come when
-> the grants start coming back marked with "buy cheaper platforms".
Actually, MolMol runs under Linux. It has both source and Linux binary at
its distribution site.
I think VMD source (maybe others, too) is also available; hence it should
be possible to compile it under Linux.
We use Intel/Linux. It is hard to argue with the performance/price.
T. Chyau Liang
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