Open Discovery V3.0

The Open Discovery V 3.0 promises to bring you high performance, speed, stability, reliability, security and that’s not all. It gives you the user documentations, tutorials and HD Videos. Built on cutting edge Red Hat’s Fedora, the new operating system is the best and stable version designed and tested for an year+, brings you an uncompromising productivity and performance.

ODV3 is specially designed for current generation multicore & graphics systems (all graphics and wireless drivers included); the design brings cluster computing capability to your desktop. Open Discovery V3 now ships with complete documentation of the Bioinfowares, tutorials and How-to guides, dedicated e-mail support, private forum support , 2GB cloud storage & a cross-platform remote login ( in any network).

The split group

  • Student Edition is an individual support license version aimed at students and university scholars with 3 year online support package and updates.
  • Enterprise Edition is aimed for universities and academic research institutes come with complete software development tool kit. This multiuser version comes with 3 year online support package and updates.


ODV3 designed and developed by kalabharath, Nandhitha et al. Original version designed by Kalabharath and V.Umashankar. Please Cite Umashankar & Kalabharath,Open discovery: An integrated live Linux platform of Bioinformatics tools Bioinformation 3(4): 144-146 (2008), while referencing OpenDiscovery

Bringing Cluster Computing Speeds to Desktops

Parallel computing is a form of computation in which many calculations are carried out simultaneously, operating on the principle that large problems can often be divided into smaller ones, which are then solved concurrently (“in parallel”). Clusters, MPPs, and grids use multiple computers to work on the same task. Specialized parallel computer architectures with multi-core and multi-processor computers can also accomplish this task. Open Discovery provides the software requirements that can be used to enable parallel processing on multi-core, multi-processor systems.

Open Discovery includes Open MPI, Message Passing Interface (MPI- for parallel processing) library project combining technologies and resources from several other projects (FT-MPI, LA-MPI, LAM/MPI, and PACX-MPI). It is used by many TOP500 supercomputers. The customized Open-Mpi allows you to achieve cluster computing speeds (10-40 node Beowulf Linux cluster) to your multicore desktop or Laptop. Running Molecular Dynamics or Virtual Screening is faster than never before. With ODv3 you bring down cost setting up clusters and achieve portability to run on the current generation laptops/desktops.

ODv3 is ideal for university laboratories, students and researchers who want quick results and efficient method of using their hardware. Scaling down 10-40 node cluster performance to a single desktop/laptop is a great way to achieve productivity. Also supports Nvidia CUDA architecture and CUDA toolkit v3.2

The Attempt to Build a Complete Bioinformatics Solution

With 500+ software modules and tools, Open Discovery got better. New Additions include PyRx for virtual screening, NCBI-Gnome Workbench for graphical genome analysis, and Avogadro for Quantum Mechanics Calculations. PyMol is a powerful image rendering and visualization tool. Autodock Vina with multicore parallel algorithm is for Docking. GROMACS 4.5 with multiprocessor parallel algorithm for molecular dynamics. MODELLER & Jackal are most popular Homology Modelling tools. XmGrace for scientific plotting, R-Bio conductor (Statistics package), Molecular editors, Unipro UGENE Integrated Bioinformatics Tools with a GUI and also protein-protein docking tools are available with Open Discovery. Indian Plant Anticancer Compounds Database (InPACdb) a small molecule database is also integrated. ODV3 includes Bio Python, Bio Perl, C, C++, Java, PERL and FORTRAN compilers and much more.

The Sequence Analysis Package is bigger

A comprehensive sequence analysis package of ODV3 includes EMBOSS, R, Phylogenetic analysis with Phylip (GUI), Multiple sequence alignment using ClustalX, MUSCLE 3.4 and Kalign; HMM profiles build and search, based on the source of HMMER 2 and HMMER 3; Gene finder with Glimmer, PCR Primers design using Primer 3. For abridged software packages list please [Click Here]

Complete Multimedia package

ODv3 is now with Video Lan Client Media player.VLC is a portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer supporting many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various formats. Video Lan Client (VLC media player) and Out of the box support for Mp3, DivX and almost all multimedia codecs.

Organize your Photographs

ODv3 includes Google’s Picasa an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos, plus an integrated online photo-sharing facility. Also includes GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) a Photoshop alternative for editing and manipulating your photographs.

Windows worries

Do not bother about compatibility of your favorite windows programs as Open Discovery V3 enables Wine, Which is a translation layer (a program loader) capable of running Windows applications on Linux. Windows programs running in Wine act as native programs would, running without the performance or memory usage penalties of an emulator, with a similar look and feel to other applications on your desktop. Your transition made much easier.

Purchase Open Discovery V3 with support

Open Discovery v3 Student Edition provides LIVE edition (1.2 GB) and Desktop installation DVD edition (3.0 GB) in one DVD (4.2 GB) which can be booted from a optical drive. Making stability and productivity as top priority the Cluster tools and High performance bioinfoware are only provided in the DVD edition.

  • The Open Discovery V 3.0 Student Edition You will get you 3 year e-mail support and private forum support and free upgrades to next 2 editions.As an inaugural offer you can either [1] Buy with Support for 75 $ . [2] Buy 35 $ for online download without support.
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  • The Enterprise Edition with multi user support is also available please contact for further details.
  • Free copies for bloggers, magazine reviewers and editors. Please  request to


Open Discovery is user-supported open-source software though previous  versions are freely available,The operating system is built with open source and free software and restricted for academic and personal purposes only there is no commercial license.

Minimum System requirements

Intel/AMD 2.0 Ghz Dual core cpu or Higher, Min of 2 GB RAM,  256 Mb integrated or dedicated Graphics, DVD optical drive and 20 GB Hard Disk space

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