[gmx-users] restart an amber run in gromacs

David Mobley dmobley at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 23:03:53 CET 2007


> servaas michielssens wrote:
> > I used amb2gmx.pl (from http://chemistry.csulb.edu/ffamber/) to convert
> > an amber topology and restart file to a gromacs topology and structure
> > file and tried to continue the simulation in gromacs. I got the
> > following error message:
> >
> > Constraint error in algorithm Lincs at step 0
> >
> > t = 0.000 ps: Water molecule starting at atom 4642 can not be settled.
> > Check for bad contacts and/or reduce the time-step. Wrote pdb files with
> > previous and current coordinates
> >
> > It seems strange to me that this error occurs as there was no problem
> > with this simulation in amber. (it ran a few ns in amber).
> > I tried to run it after minimalization and this worked fine. So there
> > seems to be a problem while converting the files, I am new to gromacs
> > and I don't really have a clue how to find the cause of this problem,
> > perhaps some of you also tried to continue a amber run in gromacs?

The script is not intended for continuing AMBER runs in GROMACS. As
far as I know no one has ever tested it on this. There are a number of
reasons why this would not be a good idea, not the least of which is
that you are changing simulation parameters/algorithms when you do so,
as Mark notes in the following paragraph.

> Judging by my interpretation of your last email, you probably did a more
> radical change of ensemble than you think you did. Both AMBER and
> GROMACS are approximating some true ensemble, and there's no reason to
> assume that a configuration from one will be equilibrated in the other.

Also, I personally have never used the script to convert an entire
system including solvent from AMBER to GROMACS -- just proteins and
ligands, for example, One might worry that the simulation box will not
be converted correct, which could certainly lead to the problems
you're seeing.

Short answer: Even if you think the script is working perfectly,
converting the box properly, etc., then you should at the very least
minimize and equilibrate your amber end state before doing production
in gromacs.


> Mark
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