[gmx-users] Pressure coupling problem

Jacob Monroe jimonroe at umail.ucsb.edu
Fri May 24 19:56:20 CEST 2019

Hi Ben,

I haven’t seen a response yet, so since I’ve encountered this type of thing before, I’ll chime in with my two cents.

I’ve run into similar issues before, and it’s always turned out to be something with the way I set up the simulation.  What I’ve found is that if things tend to explode with the Parinello-Rahman barostat, they are also exploding with the Berendsen barostat, just at a slower rate due to the tendency of the latter algorithm to incorrectly over dampen fluctuations.  I’ve also found that some simulations stay stable for longer than others simply by chance, but if you run long enough, they will eventually explode as well.  My recommendation is to watch the simulation box carefully or plot its dimension over time - if it just keeps growing, now matter how slowly, you have a problem.

Do you have any atoms in the box frozen?  Or position restraints with large spring constants?  Sometimes restraints for holding two molecules close to each other, depending on the system, can also cause odd behavior.  Without knowing more about your system, I’ll also ask, do you actually need a barostat, or will NVT be fine?  Or are there ways to relax your system to an appropriate density without seeing the problem behavior?


On May 23, 2019, at 10:23 AM, Tam, Benjamin <benjamin.tam.14 at ucl.ac.uk<mailto:benjamin.tam.14 at ucl.ac.uk>> wrote:

Dear all,

To follow through with this email. It seems like the barostat problem comes from a different version. As I tested with version gromacs/2016.3/intel-2017-update1, the system remains stable for 1 ns and the same system explode with gromacs/2018.3/intel-2018.

Was there some kind of bug in the newer version or am I missing something?


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Subject: [gmx-users] Pressure coupling problem

Dear Gromacs user,

Currently, I am baffled about a simulation that I am running and I hope I will find some answer here.

Initially, I have run my system with Berendsen barostat to equilibrate for 1 ns. The system looks fine as there is no box explosion.

However, after the equilibration, I change the barostat to Parinello-Rahman. The box exploded. I tried to debug my system by turning off Lennard Jones and charge (separately and together). Yet the box still explodes without any reason. The system is set as 300K and 1 bar.

Here, I have to mention that the intramolecular bond is correct as the molecules did not explode. The only difference is the barostat that I have varied. Therefore, can anyone give me some clue what is going and why changing the barostat will cause this effect?

Thank you very much.

Best regards,

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