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FVNano is a continuation of the previous FVNanoProto project (a FlowVR Nano Prototype, Arbez, Latapie, Nomine, Robert & Baaden 2006, 2007) and ended officially on 31 december 2011. We still use the initial FVNanoProto logo, but the framework is now well tested and beyond the prototype stage. FVNano-related research will continue in the ExaViz project about exa-scalable visual analysis for life & materials sciences.

Latest News (updated 2/4/2012)

  • a detailed book chapter about "human-protein interactions" is available via open access (reference below)
  • FvNano was present at Visweek 2011/Biovis and at VizBi 2012 in Heidelberg
  • Slides from the final project presentation (in French) are here
  • as online supplementary material to our GPU overview we provide a table of GPU-powered visualization software and methods with related URL links
  • the HyperBalls representation has a website of its own - you can download source code (compiles on Mac, Window and Linux) and executables for Mac and Windows
  • two papers about molecular visualization published in J. Comput. Chem and Brief. Bioinformatics (see references below)
  • a paper about constructing a model of the RecA nucleofilament is now online in Nucleic Acids Research (reference below)
  • a paper about interactively locating ion binding sites has been published in Pac Symp Biocomp (see full reference below)
  • Slides from the project review (in French) are here
  • Two movies are now online in the movie gallery.
  • A look at the FVNano showroom, LBT Paris (see below)
  • WiiMote integration is well under way at the LIFO.
  • The related MDDriver tool version 0.99 is ready and version 1.0 is about to be released very soon!
  • The FVNano team was present at GGMM’2009 with posters, demos and a talk
  • OpenGL and FlowVRRender molecule viewers make good progress (added new screenshots)
  • FlowVR 1.6 is now released
  • A paper about MDDriver was published in J Comp Chem and can be accessed from this website
  • Our interactive simulations approach was featured in International Science Grid, Image of the week - Molecular dynamics on DEISA: lipids, licorice and lines
  • The FVNano team was present at VRST’2008 with posters, demos and a short paper
  • Public release of FlowVR 1.5 (February 2008)

The FVNano Showrooms

Photomontage This is the FVNano Showroom at the LBT. There are two stereo CRT screens, two 30" LCD Displays at high resolution (2560x1600 pixel) and a large LCD screen (42 ", 1920x1080 pixel). Several 2- and 3D mice, Spaceballs, WiiMotes, JoyPads and haptic devices (Phantom Omni and Premium 1A) are used for navigating the scenes and interacting with the simulations.

Related Websites

Webpage clipping The FVNano developments are part of the FlowVR suite. A specific FVNano Wiki with development status and details is maintained.

Webpage clipping The MDDriver project has served as prototype for designing the FVNano application that is currently in development

Related Publications

  • A. Tek, B. Laurent, M. Piuzzi, Z. Lu, M. Baaden, O. Delalande, M. Chavent, N. Férey, C. Martin, L. Piccinali, B. Katz, P. Bourdot, Ludovic Autin ; Advances in Human-Protein Interaction - Interactive And Immersive Molecular Simulations ; W. Cai and H. Hong ; Intech, Croatia
  • Extended VizWeek abstract 2011: M. Chavent, M. Piuzzi, A. Tek, M. Baaden : FvNano: A Virtual Laboratory to Manipulate Molecular Systems
  • M. Chavent, B. Lévy, M. Krone, K. Bidmon, J. P. Nominé, T. Ertl and M. Baaden ; GPU-powered tools boost molecular visualization, Brieffings in Bioinformatics, 2011, 12, 689-701
  • M. Chavent, A. Vanel, A. Tek, B. Levy, S. Robert, B. Raffin and M. Baaden: GPU-accelerated atom and dynamic bond visualization using HyperBalls, a unified algorithm for balls, sticks and hyperboloids, J. Comput. Chem., 2011, 32, 2924
  • Modularity for Large Virtual Reality Applications. Jérémie Allard, Jean-Denis Lesage and Bruno Raffin. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 2010. MIT Press.
  • A. Saladin, C. Amourda, P. Poulain, N. Férey, M. Baaden, M. Zacharias, O. Delalande and C. Prévost : "Modeling the Early Stage of DNA Sequence Recognition within RecA Nucleoprotein Filaments", NAR, 2010, online (http://nar.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/gkq459).
  • O. Delalande, N. Férey, B. Laurent, M. Guéroult, B. Hartmann and M. Baaden: "Multi-resolution and multi-physics approach for interactively locating functionally linked ion binding sites by steering small molecules into electrostatic potential maps using a haptic device", Pac. Symp. Biocomput., 2010, 205-15.
  • A. Tek, B. Laurent, N. Férey and M. Baaden : "Interacting with Molecular Simulations using a Multimodal VR Framework", EuroVR-EVE 2010, Orsay, France, 2010, 1-4.
  • Jean-Denis Lesage and Bruno Raffin. A Hierarchical Component Model for Large Parallel Interactive Applications. Journal of SuperComputed. July 2008.
  • Jean-Denis Lesage and Bruno Raffin. High Performance Interactive Computing with FlowVR. IEEE VR 2008 SEARIS workshop 2008, pages 3-16, Reno, USA.
  • N. Férey, O. Delalande, G. Grasseau and M. Baaden : "A VR framework for interacting with molecular simulations", 2008, in Proceedings of the 2008 ACM symposium on Virtual reality software and technology, edited by E. Kruiff, pp. 91-94, ACM, Bordeaux, France.
  • N. Férey, O. Delalande, G. Grasseau and M. Baaden : "From Interactive to Immersive Molecular Dynamics", 2008, in Proceedings of the International Workshop on Virtual Reality and Physical Simulation (VRIPHYS'08), edited by F. Faure and M. Teschner, pp. 89-96, Eurographics, Grenoble, France.
  • O. Delalande, N. Férey, G. Grasseau and M. Baaden : "Complex Molecular Assemblies at hand via Interactive Simulations", Journal of Computational Chemistry 30, 2009, 2375-2387

You can also access my complete list of publications with links to the download locations.

Poster selection

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This project has been selected by the ANR funding agency in the CIS (Calcul Intensif, High performance Computing) program 2007.

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The FVNanoProto logo is copyright 2006 by Christophe Arbez.