[gmx-users] mdp options for charmm27 force field in gromacs version 4.6.7

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Tue May 19 02:30:05 CEST 2015

On 5/18/15 2:21 PM, Christopher Neale wrote:
> Dear Users:
> I would like to use the charmm27 force field in gromacs version 4.6.7 and I would like to know if it is possible to get the proper treatment of vdw interactions.
> Information for gromacs 5 is here:
> http://www.gromacs.org/Documentation/Terminology/Force_Fields/CHARMM
> However, Gromacs 4.6.7 does not contain the option for vdw-modifier = force-switch
>    Invalid enum 'force-switch' for variable vdw-modifier, using
>    'Potential-shift-Verlet'
>    Next time use one of: 'Potential-shift-Verlet' 'Potential-shift' 'None'
>    'Potential-switch' 'Exact-cutoff'
> Is a potential-shift the same as a force-switch and therefore the following options are correct for charmm27 in gromacs 4.6.7?
> ns_type = grid
> cutoff-scheme = verlet
> vdwtype = cut-off
> rlist = 1.2
> rvdw = 1.2
> rvdw-switch = 1.0
> rcoulomb = 1.2
> vdw-modifier = Potential-shift-Verlet
> coulombtype = PME
> I know this has been discussed before on the list, but I can't find anything that seems authoritative for gromacs versions prior to v5.

I cannot personally attest to anything aside from what's on the wiki.  We have 
verified the forces are equivalent between CHARMM's vfswitch and GROMACS' 
force-switch modifier.  This is how we do all our simulations, so for posterity, 
what I wrote on the wiki is what I must emphasize is known to be correct.

 From the manual, it seems that the group scheme + vdwtype = shift is equivalent 
to the modern force-switch modifier.  The language of potential-shift does not 
sound as if it is the same as force-switch, and I don't know why such redundancy 
would be present anyway; perhaps legacy naming reasons.

Any reason why you can't use 5.0 with the known correct settings?  The check I 
would do is a single-point energy with the settings you think are equivalent and 
want to test and print out the forces with gmx traj.



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