Sharon Glotzer


A177 NCRC, Building 10

T: (734) 615-6296






HOOMD-blue stands for Highly Optimized Object-oriented Many-particle Dynamics - Blue Edition. It performs general purpose particle dynamics simula- tions on a single workstation, taking advantage of NVIDIA GPUs to attain a level of performance equivalent to dozens of processor cores on a fast cluster.

The object oriented design of HOOMD-blue makes it versatile and expandable. A number of different force fields and integrators are present in the current version, and additional ones can be added easily. Simulations are configured and run using simple python scripts, allowing complete control over the force field choice, integrator, all parameters, how many time steps are run, etc... The scripting system is designed to be as simple as possible to the non-programmer. Glotzer group leads the HOOMD-blue development effort, expanding the feature set to include additional capabilities for soft-matter simulations. Our developments are shared with the world after they are published, com- pletely free and open source. Currently the group owns 48 GPUs enabling members to tackle research projects of a massive scale in a minimum amount of time. This summer, we will be expanding that capability with many more.