[gmx-users] LINCS warning

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Thu Aug 25 17:36:39 CEST 2016

On 8/25/16 5:56 AM, amitbehra at chemeng.iisc.ernet.in wrote:
> Hello users,
> I was trying to energy minimize my system of protein embedded in bilayer.
> But I am receiving the following error:
> Step -1, time -0.001 (ps)  LINCS WARNING
> relative constraint deviation after LINCS:
> rms 0.000942, max 0.149038 (between atoms 21616 and 21619)
> bonds that rotated more than 30 degrees:
>  atom 1 atom 2  angle  previous, current, constraint length
> Steepest Descents:
>    Tolerance (Fmax)   =  1.00000e+03
>    Number of steps    =       500000
> Energy minimization has stopped, but the forces have not converged to the
> requested precision Fmax < 1000 (which may not be possible for your system).
> It stopped because the algorithm tried to make a new step whose size was too
> small, or there was no change in the energy since last step. Either way, we
> regard the minimization as converged to within the available machine
> precision, given your starting configuration and EM parameters.
> Double precision normally gives you higher accuracy, but this is often not
> needed for preparing to run molecular dynamics.
> You might need to increase your constraint accuracy, or turn
> off constraints altogether (set constraints = none in mdp file)
> writing lowest energy coordinates.
> Steepest Descents converged to machine precision in 11 steps,
> but did not reach the requested Fmax < 1000.
> Potential Energy  =  2.3557852e+30
> Maximum force     =            inf on atom 34347
> Norm of force     =            inf
> what approach should I use to get rid of this problem?

Infinite force most likely means you have atoms on top of each other.  mdrun 
tells you where the (first) problem is - atom 34347.  Inspect that area visually 
and figure out what part of your system preparation went wrong.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow

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