[gmx-users] Regarding em potential energy coming possitive

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Thu Sep 29 02:53:51 CEST 2016

On 9/28/16 8:50 PM, Swagata Patra wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I am facing a problem in energy minimization step. I am not sure if the
> system is energy minimized or not. After completing the em, I am getting
> the following message:
> Reached the maximum number of steps before reaching Fmax < 1
> Steepest Descents did not converge to Fmax < 1 in 100001 steps.
> Potential Energy  = -9.38185842721980e+06
> Maximum force     =  4.73530543550372e+02 on atom 1694
> Norm of force     =  1.11096437377417e+00
> But when I am calculating the potential energy getting the following
> message:
> Energy                      Average   Err.Est.       RMSD  Tot-Drift
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Potential                   121.811    1.9e+06        nan   -2017.89
>  (kJ/mol)
> Potential energy should come negative. But here its too high.
> One more thing that I want to tell is, in my protein pdb file there is gap
> between amino acids(like G229 then H412). That's why in topology file I am
> getting two chains.
> Please suggest me what could be the problem?

I don't see a problem.  The energy is fine and the maximum force is fine for 
most purposes.  You only need to achieve Fmax < 1 for NMA, but to do so you 
probably need a few rounds of EM, not just a single run of steepest descents.



Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
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