New BioCoRE Features

Urbana, Illinois - The Theoretical Biophysics Group at the University of Illinois is proud to announce the latest updates to the BioCoRE web-based collaborative research environment. Since the initial release in March of 2000, we have added significant new features, as well as many minor improvements and features suggested by our users.

The following features are the most important additions to the BioCoRE environment.

  • Job submission and monitoring. BioCoRE now allows you to submit NAMD simulation jobs to your computer accounts on the PSC T3E and the NCSA Origin 2000. After submitting jobs through BioCoRE, you may check back to see whether they have run, and view the output of the jobs as they run. Soon we will be adding a graphical viewer applet for NAMD jobs, and support for more computer systems and applications.
  • A Java-based Control Panel. This control panel starts up when you first log in to BioCoRE, and provides several convenient features. The control panel provides a cross-project view of all your projects, so you can easily find which projects have changed recently. You can also determine at a glance who else is currently logged in to your projects. The control panel also provides a live chat capability, and notifies you with color and an alert sound when new information is added to any of your projects.
  • Storing (publishing) molecular visualization views (from VMD) to the BioCoRE notebook. Now, when you launch VMD through BioCoRE you will be presented with an additional window that allows you to publish a molecular state to BioCoRE. Later, any member of your project may retrieve that view from the Message Board. In the Message Board you can select `Saved VMD Sessions' from the drop-down box and choose a published state that you wish to view. Currently this feature is only supported on Unix versions of VMD, but this will soon be available on more platforms. We also have many interesting features planned.

For additional information, or to obtain a BioCoRE account, please visit the BioCoRE website at

The Theoretical Biophysics group encourages BioCoRE users to be closely involved in the development process through reporting bugs, contributing fixes, periodical surveys and via other means. Questions or comments may be directed to

We are eager to hear from you, and thank you for using our software!