[gmx-users] grompp single vs double precisions

Mark Abraham Mark.Abraham at anu.edu.au
Sat Mar 4 06:45:52 CET 2006

Yang Ye wrote:
> rob yang wrote:
>> hi list,
>> i am comparing the relative energy differences between different 
>> conformations of a same molecule in vaccuum. i am using both gromacs 
>> and another software to compare the results. the forcefield for both 
>> softwares is oplsaa (2001), and i've manually verified that they are 
>> indeed the same for my molecule as well as the partial charges.
>> the relative energy results obtained from these 2 softwares are 
>> different. i understand that different softwares have different 
>> implementations but i think i should be able to get a similiar 
>> relative energies for these conformations.
>> so i am thinking maybe the minimizations is where things went wrong. i 
>> have compiled the double version of mdrun. but i didn't for grompp 
>> since i didn't think it was necessary. the question i have for you 
>> guys is then: is the double version of grompp also necessary?
> I didn't see your problem just now. For your case, definitely you need
> double version for grompp to the result to be more precise.

If he's noticing a difference in the relative energy between two 
configurations calculated with gromacs and two configurations calculated 
with another program, why will the precision to which gromacs is 
calculating the number "definitely" be relevant? One molecule in a 
vacuum can't accumulate enough round-off error in calculating energies 
and forces for this to be important, in my opinion.

If your point is that you need to use double grompp to make double mdrun 
effective, then I'll take your word for it. :-)


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