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Molecular simulation grid

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Journal of Cheminformatics20113 (Suppl 1) :O17

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  • Performance Computing
  • Simulation Program
  • High Performance Computing
  • Joint Research
  • Molecular Simulation

MoSGrid is the acronym for Molecular Simulation Grid, a BMBF funded joint research project with the aim to offer grid services for the broad field of molecular simulations in the D-Grid infrastructure. Besides tendering various codes ranging from quantum molecular calculations (e.g. Gaussian, Turbomole) via molecular dynamics (e.g. Gromacs) to docking approaches (e.g. FlexX) for high performance computing, one of the main goals is the integration of metadata annotation for data mining and knowledge generation.

Molecular simulation codes and computational resources are accessed via the MoSGrid portal (, which will offer intuitive access to various tools and will support the users with workflows, for an easy import of molecular data, a simple setup and submission of calculations as well as extraction of relevant results. The portal will hide the complexity of the underlying technology by providing a unified user interface making computational chemistry in general more readily available.

MoSGrid’s server-based portal is available as open-access and open-source software. Users are relieved from software installations and do not need to have knowledge about the underlying infrastructure. The portal includes portlets specifically set up for the various simulation programs. Commonly used workflows, simple or complex, can be stored in recipe repositories and are available for every user. Moreover, users can develop, improve, publish, and use workflows for their everyday tasks.

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Chemistry, University of Paderborn, Germany
PC2, University of Paderborn, Germany
Department of Chemistry, University of Cologne, Germany
Bioinformatics Department, Eberhard-Karls-University of Tübingen, Germany
ZIH, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
RRZ, University of Cologne, Germany
Faculty of Chemistry, University of Dortmund, Germany
Zuse-Institut, Berlin, Germany


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