AMBER (Assisted Model Building using Energy Refinement), a software package that implements a variety of molecular simulation-based research techniques is now available. Funds for licensing Amber go to support further research by authors of the program; by licensing the program, you are supporting such research.
To proceed with ordering AMBER, please follow the instructions at: http://www.ambermd.org
AMBER is the collective name for a suite of programs that allow users to carry out molecular dynamics simulations, particularly on biomolecules. None of the individual programs carries this name, but the various parts work reasonably well together, and provide a powerful framework for many common calculations.
The term "AMBER" is also sometimes used to refer to the empirical force fields that are implemented in the code. It should be recognized however, that the code and force field are separate: several other computer packages have implemented the Amber force fields, and other force fields can be implemented with the Amber programs. Further, the force fields are in the public domain, whereas the codes are distributed under a license agreement.
Peter Kollman, who had inspired and led AMBER development for more than two decades, died unexpectedly in May 2001. But many of the items in the program (particularly in force field development) were very near completion at the time of his death, and represent the culmination of several years of effort from both Peter and his collaborators. The AMBER development team is committed to continuing to update and improve the software and force fields.
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