From: John Stone (
Date: Thu Sep 27 2018 - 10:02:42 CDT

  Yes, I have already completed rewriting the necessary parts of VMD
to support RTX hardware-accelerated ray tracing a few weeks ago.
VMD was one of the first applications to support RTX, as announced
by NVIDIA at Siggraph (search for "VMD" in about the middle of the page):

At this point I'm waiting for the required NVIDIA software libraries
to come out of NDA, which is taking a little longer than had originally
been expected. I'm testing the latest version of the code now to ensure
that VMD is ready to ship with RTX support as soon as NVIDIA releases
the new version of OptiX.


On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 10:12:41AM -0400, Giacomo Fiorin wrote:
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> On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 6:52 AM Stefan Doerr <[2]>
> wrote:
> Hi, was just wondering if VMD will take advantage of the new RTX GPUs of
> NVIDIA for real time ray tracing. Would that affect as well real time
> ambient occlusion?
> Greetings,
> Stefan
> --
> Giacomo Fiorin
> Associate Professor of Research, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
> Contractor, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
> [3]
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> References
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