[gmx-users] The largest charge group contains [GIANT CRAPTON] of atoms

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Thu Apr 2 18:22:54 CEST 2015

On 4/1/15 7:42 PM, Alex wrote:
> I have a custom-FF (OPLSAA based) system with ~8500 atoms, which is a
> rectangular graphene sheet with a hole and six pieces of small organics
> covalently bound at the hole edge. About 95% of all atoms are electrically
> neutral, with the exception of the functional groups mentioned above and a
> total of 24 graphene edge carbons (-0.06e), each passivated by a hydrogen
> (+0.06e).  All charges have been carefully set (actually, from our own DFT
> calculations) to make the system electrically neutral. The charge values
> only have two decimals, set in ffnonbonded.
> Two issues:
> 1. x2top yields a total charge of something e-6. I initially ignored it,
> but now I think it may be indicative of a actual problem, because:

No, that magnitude of charge is not actually a problem.

> 2. grompp produces a fatal error (see subject) with the number of atoms in
> the group ~half the size of the system.
> Because I am not using anything out of the box (coordinates, FF), I'm
> really perplexed here. I checked the manual, and it makes sense that a
> charge group is a way to lump atoms into locally neutral regions. And
> that's sort of exactly what I have, at least from the standpoint of
> geometry. Definitely not worse than a peptide chain common for GMX.

The cgnr column will tell you what's going on.  Charge groups are irrelevant if 
using the Verlet cutoff scheme.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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