[gmx-users] Laptop features for MD simulations - recommendations
joao.henriques.32353 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 13:24:44 CET 2016
Well, in that case Dries has already answered your question.
In sum, any laptop will do as long as it is equipped with a decent GPU. The
GPU is probably more important than the CPU and RAM. There are several
benchmarks by NVIDIA for GPU performance with Gromacs. If you ask them,
they'll probably try to "sell" you their high-end products, but there's
been several demonstrations that cheaper GPUs perform almost as well. For
example, I clearly remember Erik Lindahl at one of those NVIDIA online
presentations showing that an inexpensive GTX did almost as well as a much
more expensive K20. NVIDIA's host probably wasn't very pleased with it.
Moreover, even if money is not an issue, power supply and actual space to
fit the parts are big problems on a laptop. I mean, don't expect to be able
to fit and feed two 10-core Intel E5-2650v3 2.3 GHz CPUs, 64 Gb RAM, 2 TB
disk and two NVIDIA K80's on a 13 inch notebook case :)
On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 11:56 AM, Yasser Almeida Hernández <
yasser.almeida.hernandez at chemie.uni-hamburg.de> wrote:
> Hi Dries,
> Let's say that the price is irrelevant right now. Just imagine an hardware
> with all the ideal features for the calculations.
> Thanks all for your answers.
> Hi Yasser,
> Could you give us an idea of the price range you're looking at? I'd
> probably try to get a laptop with a decent gpu to accelerate your work as
> much as possible. Unfortunately, such laptops are often pricy.
> Kind regards
> On 3 February 2016 at 11:17, Yasser Almeida Hern?ndez <
> yasser.almeida.hernandez at chemie.uni-hamburg.de> wrote:
> Dear Joao,
>> I am aware that laptops are not the proper hardware to run MD simulations.
>> I do my runs in workstations designed for that purpose. The hardware I
>> to buy is not just for simulations, but for general private/work purpose,
>> but I would like to have a device robust enough to run calculations. My
>> question was to get some thoughts about an ideal/optimal hardware.
>> Message: 6
>> Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:53:31 +0100
>> From: Jo?o Henriques <joao.henriques.32353 at gmail.com>
>> To: Discussion list for GROMACS users <gmx-users at gromacs.org>
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>> Dear Yasser,
>> I am by no means an expert on hardware, but I would strongly advise
>> buying a laptop for the specific purpose of running (any and all) MD
>> simulations. A desktop is much better suited platform for such a task, as
>> you should be able to get a much bigger bang for your buck (this is the
>> main reason, but there are more cons).
>> Notice that I am not saying that you cannot run MD simulations on a
>> I'm just advising against it. In fact, you could probably run MD
>> simulations on a smartphone if you wanted to, but it doesn't sound like a
>> very good investment of your time and money. In my *personal opinion*, the
>> same holds true for the laptop.
>> Best regards,
>> On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 10:30 AM, Yasser Almeida Hern?ndez <
>> yasser.almeida.hernandez at chemie.uni-hamburg.de> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>> I want to buy a laptop suitable and powerful enough for MD simulations
>>> with GROMACS (mostly membrane/protein systems). Could you recommend
>>> features for this goal?
>>> Yasser Almeida Hern?ndez
>>> PhD student
>>> Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
>>> Department of Chemistry
>>> University of Hamburg
>>> Martin-Luther-King-Platz 6
>>> 20146 Hamburg
>>> +49 40 42838 2845
>>> yasser.almeida.hernandez at chemie.uni-hamburg.de
>>> office: Grindelallee 117, room 250c
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