There are currently two major pressures on crystallographic computing:
* Increased automation to increase throughput in line with genomics applications.
* Increased data complexity, as data from more sources is
combined and carried through the whole calculation to solve
more difficult problems.
The Clipper project is an initiative to address these
The aim of the project is to produce a set of object-oriented
libraries for the organisation of crystallographic data and
the performance of crystallographic computation. The libraries
are designed as a framework for new crystallographic software,
which will allow the full power of modern programming
techniques to be exploited by the developer. This will lead to
greater functionality from simpler code which will be easier
to develop and debug.