GPU accelerated molecular surface computing

Byungjoo Kim, Ku Jin Kim, Joon Kyung Seong

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A method is presented for computing the SES (solvent excluded surface) of a protein molecule in interactive-time based on GPU (graphics processing unit) acceleration. First, the offset surface of the van der Waals spheres is sampled using an offset distance d that corresponds to the radius of the solvent probe. The SES is then constructed by extracting the surface at distance d from the sample points. For interactive-time computing, two space partitioning schemes are used, a voxel map and kd-tree, with data parallel schemes accelerated by GPU. In experiments using an average 1,848 atoms, a SES with a resolution of 1/27×1/27×1/27 of the original bounding box is obtained in 66.53ms on average.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185S-194S
JournalApplied Mathematics and Information Sciences
Issue number1 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • GPU acceleration
  • Molecular surface
  • Offset
  • Solvent-excluded surface
  • Voxel map


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