Versions of RSRef

The core modules of RSRef2.0 and RSRef2000 are nearly identical in their calculation of the fit of an atomic model to an electron density map, and the derivatives need to optimize the fit.

The versions run as modules to different refinement packages:

RSRef2000 runs as a module for CNS, supporting simulated annealing or least-squares optimization with Cartesian or torsion angle parameterization of the model.
RSRef2.0 runs as a module for TNT, supporting least-squares refinement with Cartesian model parameterization.

They overlay on top of either CNS or TNT which must be licensed and installed before RSRef can be run.

The versions differ in their support that users can expect:

RSRef2000 is the version most recently developed, and is better known by those currently developing the software.
RSRef2.0 has been deployed at many sites over several years and is more stable, but current personnel have less experience with it and may be less able to address questions.

Features supported by both versions:

User-interfaces differ substantially:

RSRef2000 uses Tk and Python menus and windows, run on the local computer with support for many platforms.
RSRef2.0 uses Web-based forms hosted either on our web server, or preferably mirrored on your own site.  This can be challenging to set up for those not familiar with setting up web servers.

The information entered by through the two interfaces is similar, but the mechanics of how it is used to control program execution are completely different.

Hardware & Operating System Support

RSRef2000 is distributed as source.  Although tested only on alphas running OSF unix and silicon graphic Irix 6.x,, the refinement could, in principle be compiled for any machine supported by CNS.  The user interfaces can also be used on a local graphics computer (PC, unix workstation), downloading coordinates to, and controlling refinement on a remote compute-server.
RSRef2.0 is distributed as compiled executables for alphas running OSF unix and silicon graphic Irix 6.x.

Go to the Distribution Pages:    RSRef2000    RSRef2.0