Time is always short in
science, and consequently a major focus during YASARA development has
always been to deliver your results as quickly as possible. This goal
could be achieved by using PVL, YASARA's custom vector language, that
employs MMX/SSE/AVX assembler code to deliver
a 2×-4× performance advantage over normal C/C++ applications.
In 2012, it has finally become possible to carry this performance
to a different world - the world of Android smartphones and tablets.
The credit goes to Intel, who released the Medfield 'system on a chip' (in-depth review available here),
that empowers smartphones and tablets to execute not only traditional
but also YASARA's highly optimized MMX/SSE assembler code.
Medfield and its built-in
PowerVR GPU are even fast enough to run YASARA 'as it is', so you do not
get a stripped down app that just shares its name with the desktop version. Rather,
works exactly as you know and expect it, making YASARA the most
feature-complete molecular modeling software for smartphones and tablets. Watch the
video on the right to see
how we tuned the user interface to guarantee an enjoyable experience
also on tiny smartphone screens.
YASARA for Android was
released in April 2013, and requires an
Intel-inside smartphone or tablet. If you own an iPhone/iPad, please look here for details. If you are just about to buy
yourself a new gadget, consider to choose one from the list below, and verify that it has an Intel Atom CPU before you buy. There
is no extra charge for YASARA on Android.
Android smartphones that can run YASARA:
Any smartphone with Intel Atom CPU and a screen resolution >=480×640 pixels can run YASARA.
Since Intel unfortunately left the smartphone market in 2017, the number of available smartphone models is declining, and your best option is to search for the words 'smartphone' 'intel' 'atom' on Amazon or E-Bay.
Asus ZenFone 2 ZE551ML
: One of the last available Intel smartphones in 2017, powered by an Intel Atom Z3580 CPU with 4 cores, with nice FullHD screen, the currently recommended smartphone for running YASARA. Prices start at 150 EUR.
ASUS Zenfone 6
: powered by an Intel Atom Z2580 CPU with 2 cores.
: another smartphone powered by the fastest Intel Atom Z2580 CPU, unfortunately the full HD screen slows down the graphics, and it is not widely available.
Motorola Razr i
(see video on the upper right):
This was the first smartphone that could run YASARA, but in the mean time the
hardware is outdated, making it a low-budget option priced at ~200 EUR. Be careful not to order the 'Motorola Razr',
which is a normal ARM- based phone and cannot run YASARA.
updated list of other smartphones that can run YASARA is provided by Intel, e.g. the Acer Liquid C1* (Asia), Lava Xolo X900 (India), Lenovo K800 (China), MegaFon Mint (Russia), Motorola MT788 (China), Orange San Diego (France, UK), ZTE
Grand X In (Europe).
Android tablets that can run YASARA:
Any tablet with Intel Atom CPU and a screen resolution >=640×480 pixels can run YASARA.
Since the available models change frequently, a good approach is to search for the words 'tablet' 'android' 'intel' 'atom' on Amazon or E-Bay and pick the one that best suits your needs (try to get at least 4 CPU cores if you want to run simulations).
ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C (Atom Z3745): With optional keyboard, currently the best Android tablet to run YASARA (see image at the bottom right).
Lenovo Yoga 2 (Atom Z3745)
Lenovo Tab S8-50 (Atom Z3745)
Acer Iconia Tab 8 (Atom Z3745)
Acer Iconia One 7/8 (Atom Z3735)
Blaupunkt Polaris IC (Atom Z3735)
ASUS Fonepad 8 (Atom Z3560)
ASUS Fonepad 7 (Atom Z3530)
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10
Ramos W32: First tablet that could run YASARA (see video on the lower right), but technically obsolete now.
The following limitations currently apply to YASARA for Android:
Ray-tracing with POV-Ray is not possible, since there
is no POV-Ray for Android. But you can save POV-Ray scenes.
The video above shows YASARA running
on the Motorola Razr i
smartphone, including a
molecular dynamics simulation with explicit solvent. It also gives some
general background information about YASARA on Android. Detailed usage
instructions can be found in the second video further below.
The Lava Xolo X900,
available in India.
The Motorola Razr i,
The Orange San Diego,
available in France and the UK.
The ZTE Grand X In,
The video above shows YASARA running
on the Ramos W32 tablet,
YASARA usage instructions and an example for coloring protein
surfaces by electrostatic potential using a Poisson-Boltzmann
calculation. Everything works exactly the same on smartphones. Many thanks
to Steven Martin for
guiding through the movies.
tablet above is the ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C, one of the currently best tablets to run YASARA on Android. The price of 250 EUR includes the keyboard dock.