From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Thu Mar 30 2017 - 06:01:19 CDT

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 6:23 AM, Ramon Guixà <> wrote:

> Hi Josh,
> Well, I though there was a VMD plugin meant to handle remote visualization
> of trajectories. Nevertheless, your suggestion is definitely handy.

​for remote visualization, you don't need a VMD plugin. rather you either
need an OpenGL capable remote desktop software and launch VMD​ then
remotely and used the matching remote desktop viewer locally, or run VMD
remotely and use X11 forwarding and GLX (embedding of OpenGL into X11_ to
redirect VMD's windows to your local machine. this latter option requires
compatible software and X11 and OpenGL configuration on both ends (not
common). the difference between these two methods is, that in the first
case the rendering would be done remotely using the remote desktop software
and then pass the rendered screen output to a "viewer" software in a way
somewhat similar to video streaming (it is still interactive, though). in
the second case, only the realization of the visualization is done
remotely, the rendering is don't local from the OpenGL instructions
embedded into the forwarded X11 display. there are benefits and
disadvantages for each variant.


> Thanks!
> Ramon
> On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 6:47 PM, Vermaas, Joshua <>
> wrote:
>> Hi Ramon,
>> The simplest way I've found to do this is actually completely independent
>> of VMD. On Linux systems (and maybe windows or Mac systems, I just haven't
>> had the need to figure this out), you can remotely mount filesystems that
>> reside on remote filesystems with sshfs, an ssh filesystem. In this way,
>> remote files act exactly like local ones, albeit with slightly slower file
>> transfer rates (this depends on your network). This can be handy if the
>> files as a whole are too large to transfer over to local disk, but you'd
>> still like to look at bits of the trajectory easily.
>> -Josh
>> On 03/29/2017 05:12 AM, Ramon Guixà wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I have heard about the interactive remote visualization and video
>> streaming capabilities of vmd but Is there actually a plugin in vmd where I
>> could remotely load up my MD trajectory from a server for
>> visualization/analysis purposes?
>> Thanks in advance!
>> Ramon

Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer
College of Science & Technology, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA
International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste. Italy.