AMBER Archive (2006)

Subject: Re: AMBER: Different results between serial and parallel runs in AMBER 8

From: Ilyas Yildirim (
Date: Tue Mar 07 2006 - 06:51:14 CST

Dear DAC,

I followed your advise, and did 3 MD runs; 1 serial and 2 parallel runs
with different CPUs (one with 2 CPUs and second with 4 CPUs). I used a
.rst file to start with (which has velocity info. in it), and here is the file I used in all cases:

------------------------------- -------------------------------
    10 fs simulation

Indeed, all of the runs gave exactly the same values: Everything
(including the TEMP(K) values) is same. I will change ntt to 1 as
suggested by Carlos to see if ntt=3 case is creating this. But it
is mind bugging to see different results when inpcrd does not have any
velocity info in it. Thanks.


On Mon, 6 Mar 2006, David A. Case wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 06, 2006, Ilyas Yildirim wrote:
> >
> > I have a question on parallel and serial MD runs in AMBER 8.
> It would be better to compare restart runs (irest=1) rather than runs
> where random numbers are used to get initial temperature. However,
> even the tempi stuff *should* be giving the same results for different numbers
> of processors. There may be a funny interaction between ntt=3 and tempi:
> it looks like tempi "uses up" some random numbers on the master node,
> but these are not equivalently cycled through on the slave nodes. So, then
> the random numbers for Langevin will not be the same on the master and slave
> nodes....setting irest=1 will avoid this "problem".
> Let me know what happens; this buglet appears to still be there in amber9.
> ...dac
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