Re: Should a pairlist warning concern me?

From: Victor Kwan (
Date: Mon Oct 28 2019 - 09:35:55 CDT

Hi Henrik,

If it only occurs in the beginning of the simulation, try increasing the number of minimization steps.


On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 6:59 AM Henrik Schopmans <<>> wrote:
Dear NAMD users,

I setup a simulation with pairlistdist 14, stepspercycle 10, fullelectfrequency 1 and nonbondedfreq 1. I also set outputPairlists to 2000 to receive warnings.

Now there is a single warning at the very beginning of my simulation, "Info: 1 pairlist warnings in past 2000 steps.".

Here ( it says that the warning does not result in missed interactions and the pairlistdist is adjusted automatically.
But here ( at the very bottom it says warnings indicate that pairlistdist should be increased to conserve energy and momentum.

Is my configuration fine? I had set stepspercycle set to 1 initially, but this resulted in very poor performance. How do you guys determine the right value for stepspercycle?

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