[gmx-developers] Python interface for Gromacs

Roland Schulz roland at utk.edu
Wed Apr 8 11:36:05 CEST 2009


I added a little bit wrapper code to easily access the atom information in
tpx. I attached the version. It is backward compatible and allows:
f = tpxfile("test/topol.tpr")
#iterate over atoms
for a in f:
#you can also access atoms by index
print f[9].m   #mass just as example

It would be great if you could put your code under some open source license.
And a software repository would be great too (so we don't have to send
around tgz files) ;-).

Answers to your points below.

On Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 7:14 AM, Martin Höfling <martin.hoefling at gmx.de>wrote:

> Am Samstag, den 28.03.2009, 17:55 -0400 schrieb Roland Schulz
>  I would be interested in collaborating in extending it to make it
>> pytonic by e.g. creating classes , writing iterators, and converting
>> all c data structures into best fitting NumPy/Python data structure,
>> writing __str__ methods, raising exceptions instead of returning
>> errorcode,...
>> I think this can be done pretty quickly because the number of function
>> which make sense to export is not that large.
>> Is someone else interested in that?
> Besides me - Daniel Seeliger who wrote pymacs might be. He also has more
> expertise in writing ugly c-wrappers for python objects. I only did it
> the ctypes way so far and numpy is a different story...

I'm open to Daniel's library approach. My atom wrapper can be easily also
used for a c-wrapper. I just thing ctypes is most convenient.

Apart from that,  the embedding of a python interpreter into mdrun would be
> very interesting, which actually shouldn't be too hard.
> then start mdrun with something like:
> mpirun -np 64 mdrun_mpi -v -npy 10000 -py do_nasty_things_in_python.py
> Doing a normal mdrun and calls an external script every 10000 steps.

I don't think you can use ctypes for that, can you?  Of course (indepement
of the python wrapper method) you would as easily segv mdrun as by adding
C-code ;-).


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