[gmx-users] weird problem on small molecules with triple bonds
dmobley at gmail.com
Tue Oct 16 20:49:24 CEST 2007
On 10/16/07, David van der Spoel <spoel at xray.bmc.uu.se> wrote:
> David Mobley wrote:
> > All,
> > I may be in a hole of my own digging, here, but I've been trying to
> > simulate a large set of small molecules in explicit solvent. I'm using
> > the Amber GAFF parameters, converted over to GROMACS using our
> > amb2gmx.pl script.
> > The problem I'm running into is that for anything with a triple bond
> > (i.e. propyne), I get "blowing up", even in vacuum (i.e., I get a
> > series of constraints warnings finally ending in a crash). This is
> > with a 2 fs timestep. Since of course things with triple bonds have
> > larger spring constants, I have tried reducing the timestep, but still
> > run into problems with timesteps as small as even 0.5 fs, which is
> > ridiculous, especially since the spring constants are not THAT much
> > bigger.
> > This made me suspect some sort of problem with the conversion script
> > with respect to triple bonds, so I went through and hand-checked all
> > of the bond, angle, and torsion parameters. Everything appears fine,
> > in that manual conversion from the GAFF values gives me the same
> > values the script is giving me.
> First if you have constraint warnings that means you're not using bonds,
> and hence force constants shouldn't matter.
Constraints is "h-bonds".
> > I should mention that, if I run these simulations in AMBER, even with
> > 2 fs timesteps, I don't have any problems.
> > Anyone have any thoughts? I'm a bit at a loss about what else to look at, here.
> > One other thing I notice -- which, again, doesn't appear to cause any
> > problems in AMBER -- is that GAFF specifies a dihedral force constant
> > of zero for the c1-c1-c3-H dihedral in propyne, which means that the
> > methyl can rotate rapidly. This doesn't appear to cause any problems
> > in AMBER, but I do notice that the LINCS warnings I get relate to
> > constraint deviations between c3 and H.
> That is a real problem, and I don't know what to do about it execpt
> using SD. How about angles of 180? To do this correctly you might want
> to have C2 above be a virtual site. I assume C1 should be N1.
"SD"? Stochastic dynamics? Incidentally, that IS what I'm using, but
it's not clear to me how it would help.
And I'm sorry, what do you mean C2 and N1? There are no nitrogens in
the compound -- it's just propyne. And how would a virtual site help?
I'm just confused about what you're getting at here -- maybe could you
give me a tiny bit more detail?
> Otherwise this should not be a problem, so I suspect a topology error.
I thought that too but haven't been able to find one, and as I noted
these are created by a script.
> > Any ideas will be appreciated.
> > Thanks,
> > David
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