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EMAN is a suite of scientific image processing tools aimed primarily at the transmission electron microscopy community, though it is beginning to be used in other fields as well. For example it can do an admirable job aligning images for amateur astronomers. EMAN has a particular focus on performing a task known as single particle reconstruction. In this method, images of nanoscale molecules and molecular assemblies embedded in vitreous (glassy) ice are collected on a transmission electron microscope, then processed using EMAN to produce a complete 3-D recosntruction at resolutions now approaching atomic resolution. For low resolution structures (~2 nm), this may require ~8 hours of computer processing and a few thousand particles. For structures aimed at ~0.5 nm or better resolution, hundreds of thousands of particles and hundreds of thousands of CPU-hours (on large computational clusters) may be required. Indeed, EMAN is often used in supercomputing facilities as a test application for large-scale computing.

Author: Prof. Steve Ludtke

Reference: Ludtke, S.J., Baldwin, P.R., and Chiu, W. (1999). EMAN: semiautomated software for high-resolution single-particle reconstructions. J Struct Biol 128, 82-97.

EMAN requires some environment variables to be set.

Bash users should add the following to their ~/.bashrc file:

source /usr/local/EMAN/eman.bashrc
Submitting an EMAN batch job

Create a PBS batch script along the following lines:

#!/bin/bash #PBS -N EMAN #PBS -m be #PBS -k oe cd $PBS_O_WORKDIR refine 5 ang=3 mask=28 pad=96 hard=25 classkeep=.3 classiter=8 proc=8 sym=d7 ctfc=12 sep=2 xfiles=4.2,1000,40

Then submit the job, allocating the appropriate number of processors (in this case, we are assigning proc=8, or 8 processors, by asking for 2 dual-core c4 nodes):

$ qsub -l nodes=2:c4

mparm File

You should NOT use an mparm file for designating hostnames, number of processors per cpu, and messaging protocol for parallel jobs. EMAN will automatically interrogate the batch system to determine these values. See for more information.


See the EMAN main page