[gmx-users] Suggestions for 3D-monitor/glasses for visualizing GROMACS output

Marc Baaden baaden at smplinux.de
Sat Aug 8 20:02:20 CEST 2009

Hi Dean,

Indeed, good 3D is currently a problem. In the lab, we
still go with CRTs as they are very reliable, though old-fashioned and
not any more supported. Apparently one can do similar things with recent
LCD displays and a new technology by Nvidia, but I think this is 
Windows-only for now. See a recent discussion here: [1]. I haven't 
tested this for myself.

Then there are auto-stereo LCD displays, which can be quite expensive 
and depending on the model they require modifications to software, 
which is not what you want, I guess.

There are also nice stereo-projectors now, but they cost loads of money
(eg ~20 kEuro; although one can build a setup oneself for much cheaper..
but then the calibration may get you some gray hair).

My personal favorite solution is using side-by-side stereo on a large 
screen (eg 30") and then force your eyes to adjust. This is the best 
quality stereo I have seen so far and doesn't cost anything. It does 
however strain the eyes a bit, and well, at the moment I'm the only one 
in the lab managing to do it :))

A brief description of our local setup can be found at [2] under the 
showrooms heading. A photomontage is at [3].

I hope that helps,

[1] http://www.mail-archive.com/pymol-users@lists.sourceforge.net/msg06864.html
[2] http://www.baaden.ibpc.fr/projects/fvnano/
[3] http://www.baaden.ibpc.fr/pub/fvnano/fvnshowroomlbt.png

deancuebas at missouristate.edu said:
>> Dear list,
>> I know this might be a bit off topic. Sorry in advance.
>> We have a grant app for upgrading our CRAY and I wanted to include
>> the latest 3D visualization workstation to visualize my GROMACS
>> trajectories.

>> Any suggestions? LCD or CRT? Shutter glasses, no glasses?

>> I am very new to this and haven't ever used a 3D workstation before,
>> but I would very much any suggestions.

>> Thanks very much for your help!

>> Dean

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