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Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 546521, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/546521
Research Article

A Collaborative Molecular Modeling Environment Using a Virtual Tunneling Service

Department of Advanced Technology Fusion, Konkuk University, Seoul 143-701, Republic of Korea

Received 17 May 2012; Accepted 8 July 2012

Academic Editor: Tai Hoon Kim

Copyright © 2012 Jun Lee et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Collaborative researches of three-dimensional molecular modeling can be limited by different time zones and locations. A networked virtual environment can be utilized to overcome the problem caused by the temporal and spatial differences. However, traditional approaches did not sufficiently consider integration of different computing environments, which were characterized by types of applications, roles of users, and so on. We propose a collaborative molecular modeling environment to integrate different molecule modeling systems using a virtual tunneling service. We integrated Co-Coot, which is a collaborative crystallographic object-oriented toolkit, with VRMMS, which is a virtual reality molecular modeling system, through a collaborative tunneling system. The proposed system showed reliable quantitative and qualitative results through pilot experiments.