[gmx-users] Free Energy Calculations in Parallel

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Fri Jul 26 22:36:06 CEST 2013

On 7/26/13 4:06 PM, Quintin Sheridan wrote:
> Dear Gromacs Users,
> Is it possible to run free energy calculations in parallel using mpirun? If

Yes, the free energy code is parallelized, either via MPI or threads.

> not I am wondering what the fastest way to run a free energy calculation
> is. I am basing my free energy calculation on the tutorial by Justin Lemkul
> found at
> http://www.bevanlab.biochem.vt.edu/Pages/Personal/justin/gmx-tutorials/free_energy/01_theory.html
> I am trying to use the Bennet Acceptance Ration method (g_bar) to get the
> free energy of solvation for an ionic liquid.  I have tried decoupling an
> ion pair from the system as well as individual ions.  These simulations
> will run locally but when I try to run them in parallel I get the error:
> Fatal error:
> There is no domain decomposition for 8 nodes that is compatible with the
> given box and a minimum cell size of 2.26125 nm

  This topic is discussed frequently, particularly in the context of free energy 
simulations, because there are unique factors that come into play in terms of 
the DD algorithm.  Search the archive and you will surely find the detailed 



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