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cellVIEW - a Tool for Illustrative and Multi-Scale Rendering of Large Biomolecular Datasets

Gewinner - Best Technical Solution


  • Ivan Viola, TU Wien
  • Mathieu Le Muzic, TU Wien
  • Peter Mindek, TU Wien
  • Johannes Sorger, TU Wien
  • Tobias Klein, TU Wien
  • David Kouril, Masaryk University
  • Brno Nicholas Waldin, TU Wien
  • Manuela Waldner, TU Wien
  • Graham Johnson, Allen Institute for Cell Science
  • Ludovic Autin, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Arthur Olson, The Scripps Research Institute
  • David Goodsell, The Scripps Research Institute


cellVIEW is a new tool that provides fast rendering of very large biological macromolecular scenes and is inspired by state-of-the-art computer graphics techniques. cellVIEW provides fast rendering by leveraging tessellation shaders for geometry instancing. It contains a tree view of its molecular composition which can be manipulated in order to show only a particular set of molecules of interest. Furthermore, the audience can clip the model in order to see inside. When zooming into the model, coloring of elements is smoothly changing to convey relevant information related to the zoom level of the camera. cellVIEW is the fastest tool for visualizing molecular models worldwide and has been specifically designed to match the ambitions of structural biologist to model and interactively visualize structures comprised of several billions of atoms, which corresponds to sizes of small bacterial organisms. The datasets that are displayed in cellVIEW were provided by cellPACK, a tool that populates and packs large biological models.

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