[gmx-users] Box dimension size errors in MARTINI soft core simulation

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Wed Jul 24 22:59:03 CEST 2013

On 7/24/13 4:33 PM, Scott Pendley wrote:
> I am fairly new to gromacs and I am trying to run a thermodynamic
> integration simulation of a ligand disappearing in a box of octanol at a
> single set lambda point.  I have previous successful nvt and npt runs of
> this system.  When I have added the free energy portions to the input file,
> I get the following error:
> Fatal error:
> One of the box vectors has become shorter than twice the cut-off length or
> box_yy-|box_zy| or box_zz has become smaller than the cut-off.
> For more information and tips for troubleshooting, please check the GROMACS
> website at http://www.gromacs.org/Documentation/Errors
> This seems unusual.  The box dimensions are 9.45 nm x 9.45 x 9.45 nm so
> that is fairly large even accounting for some shrinkage with a disappearing
> ligand.

The available information suggests the system has become unstable and is 
imploding.  See general troubleshooting information at 

> Cutoffs in the input file are set as follows: rlist =1.4, rvdw=1.2,
> rcoulomb=1.2.  Doubling any of them would still be less than 3 nm which is
> significantly smaller than the box size.  Is there anything I am missing or
> any suggestions that others can give me?

I wouldn't mess with the cutoffs; they're an essential part of the force field. 
  For further diagnostics, please consider the points above and provide your 
.mdp file and Gromacs version.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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