[gmx-users] Can g_wham support using different temperature for different windows?

XAvier Periole x.periole at rug.nl
Tue Feb 22 14:18:12 CET 2011

A few notes:
- the original method (Kumar-JCC-1992) that inspired wham was actually
developed to mix different temperature simulations. It is however not  
for the type of system you are simulating how much a 500K simulation
would be useful to improve the sampling at 300 K or so. The reason is
that the enthalpy difference between the two systems is so high that the
probability that a conformation from a 500K simulation would contribute
to sampling at 300K is really low. It would much more efficient for  
with implicit solvent for which the energy of the system does not vary  
much with the temperature. One could look at Chodera-JCTC-2007
and ref therein for a few examples.
- I would think that a REMD simulation would be more useful. No need to
run 30 replicas to very hight temperature! A bilayer at 500K might get  

- Martini force field for flexible regions of protein should not be  
trusted ... or
really interpreted with a lot of reserve. The "coil" definition is  
simply something
flexible with absolutely no guaranty that it could be representing  
some thing
even close to reality, which we have only an approximate idea of what  
it is!

- A peptide in a bilayer has a very high chance to get into a helical  
Do you think it is reasonable to keep it "flexible"?

- As noted by Justin and Chris, you definitely have a problem of  
convergence ...
I am not sure how many "converged" examples of PMFs of peptide  
crossing a
bilayer are out in the literature (Justin?) but from our experience  
with Martini
it does take an awful lot of time to really get convergence. For you  
system I
would expect at least a microsecond for the windows where sampling is an
issue. As an example, we saw significant differences on a PMF between  
simple helices up to 8 us ... and no charges were involved.

This might be a lot pessimistic but you should not get fooled by a CG  
Martini is really good for a lot of things but other things should  
really but be
looked at carefully.


On Feb 22, 2011, at 9:12 AM, Jianguo Li wrote:

> Sorry I forgot to attach my mdp files.
> Here is the mdp file for pulling simulaition:
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------

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