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STM4 – Moscow tutorial

[Lomosonov Moscow State University]

This page collects the handouts, supplementary materials and links for the tutorial “Chemistry visualization using the STM4 visualization toolkit – a tutorial and some real-life experiences” that has been held on November 6, 2008 at Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityResearch Computing Centre.


Visualization tools are important for the interpretation of chemical calculations at all levels of theory, and are of great importance for the presentation of results in both scientific journals and scientific meetings.

In this tutorial we will cover STM4, a specific environment developed at CSCS to provide a platform on which new, advanced or unusual visualization techniques can be implemented and prototyped.

Real usage experience and projects based on STM4 will guide us in learning how to use this tool and how to combine its capabilities to solve unexpected analysis problems.

The teacher will be available after the lecture for practical usage examples and to answer specific questions.

About the teacher

Ing. Mario Valle works since 2003 in the Data Analysis Group of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre helping the center's users for their visualization needs, especially in the Chemistry and Molecular Dynamics areas.

But the interest for visualization started early, when he was with Advanced Visual Systems (AVS) defining and implementing advanced visualization projects for the company customers. Prior to visualization work, Mario Valle was with Digital Equipment (DEC) for eight years working in the software engineering consulting area.

Besides developing concrete visualization projects, Mario Valle teaches various courses on visualization and visual communication, for example at the CINECA Summer Schools in Bologna (Italy) and ETH – Zürich.

Ing. Mario Valle holds an Electronic Engineering Degree from Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, is author of various publications and is IEEE Computer Society and American Chemical Society member.

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