[gmx-users] new installation

Peter C. Lai sirmoo at cowbert.2y.net
Mon Jun 23 08:55:01 CEST 2003

On Sun, Jun 22, 2003 at 06:37:04PM -0700, Kay Gottschalk wrote:
> Thanks, now it works fine. BTW: what is an API?
> Cheers,
> K.

Application Programming Interface. These are a bunch of hooks in the FFTW
library which allow an external program to make calls to functions inside 
the library. In this case Gromacs calls functions in FFTW whenever it needs to
do an FFT. Without a documented API, functions inside libraries wouldn't be 
easily accessible to an external program. Any time you see a program which 
links a loadable library (*.so), the library has an API which can be accessed by
the program.
Peter C. Lai
University of Connecticut
Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology
Yale University School of Medicine
SenseLab | Research Assistant

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