Re: membrane simulation ERROR rattle algorithm

From: Ajasja Ljubetič (
Date: Tue Jul 05 2011 - 12:01:53 CDT

Also, you can try reducing the timestep when you run the simulations. And
you'll probably get better results if heat the system slowly. In extreme
cases you can try running the simulation for a few steps while heating then
minimizing then ruining again...
The source of the instability is most probably overlap between two atoms,
resulting in high vdw energies. So you have to get rid of the overlap.

Oh, I just remembered, is your periodic cell of the correct dimensions?

Best regards,

> Hi all
> I am trying to run a md simulation of a membrane protein imbedded in a
> membrane - I have followed the tutorial on membrane proteins but when
> I try to apply for an example a equilibration run with the lipid tail
> freezing water, protein, and head group I get the following error
> ERROR: Constraint failure in RATTLE algorithm for atom 44585!
> ERROR: Constraint failure; simulation has become unstable.
> ERROR: Constraint failure in RATTLE algorithm for atom 44884!
> ERROR: Constraint failure; simulation has become unstable.
> I have minimized the whole system with a gradient of
> but as soon as velocities are assigned to the system(the protein and
> water is still frozen setting the b-factor to 1) I get the following
> error as stated above. My step size is 2 fs using SHAKE and I am using
> the following for electrostatics
> #PME (for full-system periodic electrostatics)
> PME yes
> # let NAMD determine grid
> PMEGridSpacing 1.0
> and the following extra parameters for the pressure
> # Constant Pressure Control (variable volume)
> useGroupPressure yes ;# needed for rigid bonds
> useFlexibleCell yes ;# no for water box, yes for membrane
> useConstantArea no ;#
> I have tried to change the useConstantArea but same problem.
> How to resolve the problem thanks in advance

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