Hi Magnus,
Actually I am confused with the available options for the
"pull-pbc-ref-prev-step-com"  and "pull-group1-pbcatom".
For pull-pbc-ref-prev-step-com : YES or NO: where YES should be used when
one of the group is large, even the 2020.1 version of grmacs would give a
warning if one used No in a case of presence of a large group.
Also, for the pull-group1-pbcatom: there are two options of 0 or -1. By 0
the middle atom (number wise) of the large group is used automatically
which is safe only for small groups as manual states. So, only
remaining option is -1.
So, what I understood for a layered-large group similar to what I have one
should use pull-pbc-ref-prev-step-com = YES and pull-group1-pbcatom = -1
which would cause moving the system along -Z during the pulling.

Using gmx select, can I manually define a sub-group around the COM of the
large group, and consider it as one of the pulling groups instead of the
large group?

Thank you
Alex

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 8:46 AM Magnus Lundborg <
magnus.lundb...@scilifelab.se> wrote:

> Hi Alex,
>
> I don't see why it would need pull-group1-pbcatom = -1. Why not pick a
> central atom?
>
> Regards,
>
> Magnus
>
> On 2020-04-20 13:40, Alex wrote:
> > Hi Magnus,
> > Thanks.
> > The problem raises only because of using the pull-pbc-ref-prev-step-com
> > which needs the pull-group1-pbcatom to be -1 to be meaningful.
> > For an identical system and mdp parameters using 2018 version of gromacs
> > which is independent to the pull-pbc-ref-prev-step-com, I see no issue.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Alex
> >
> > On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 3:27 AM Magnus Lundborg <
> > magnus.lundb...@scilifelab.se> wrote:
> >
> >> Sorry, about the statement about pbcatom -1. I was thinking about 0. I
> >> don't know if pbcatom -1 is good or not in this case.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >>
> >> Magnus
> >>
> >> On 2020-04-20 09:24, Magnus Lundborg wrote:
> >>> Hi Alex,
> >>>
> >>> I don't think this is related to using pull-pbc-ref-prev-step-com.
> >>> Have you tried without it? However, it is risky using pbcatom -1,
> >>> since you don't know what atom you are using as the initial reference.
> >>> I would suggest picking an atom you know is located at the centre of
> >>> the structure.
> >>>
> >>> I would think that the problem has to do with the comm removal. What
> >>> are your parameters for comm-mode, nstcomm and comm-grps? It is
> >>> possible that you need to lower your nstcomm. It is also possible, but
> >>> not certain, the comm-mode Linear-acceleration-correction might help
> >>> you. For some reason, it seems like I have sometimes avoided similar
> >>> problems by using the sd integrator instead, but I haven't evaluated
> >>> that properly - it might just have been coincidences. If you see a
> >>> clear difference using the sd integrator it might be good if you'd
> >>> file an issue about it on gitlab so that someone can look into if
> >>> there is something wrong.
> >>>
> >>> Regards,
> >>> Magnus
> >>>
> >>> On 2020-04-18 20:12, Alex wrote:
> >>>> Dear all,
> >>>> To generate the initial configurations for umbrella sampling, I
> >>>> conducted a
> >>>> simple pulling simulation by which a single-small molecule (mol_A) is
> >>>> being
> >>>> dragged along -Z from water into the body of a thin film.
> >>>> Since the thin film is large I used *"pull-pbc-ref-prev-step-com =
> >>>> yes" and
> >>>> "pull-group1-pbcatom      = -1"*  which cause a net shifting of the
> >>>> system
> >>>> along the pulling direction as soon as the mol_A reach to the thin
> film,
> >>>> please find below the pulling flags movie and  plot in below links.
> >>>>
> >>>> Centering the thin film and mol_A could solve the issue,  (echo 1 0 |
> >>>> trjconv -center yes) to some extent but still COM changes in the early
> >>>> stage below 2ns. ,
> >>>> COM:
> >>>> https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-EcnV1uSu0I3eqdvjuUf2OxTZEXFD5m0
> >>>>
> >>>> Movie in which the water molecules are hidden:
> >>>> https://drive.google.com/open?id=1gP5GBgfGYMithrA1o1T_RzlSdCS91gkv
> >>>>
> >>>> -
> >>>> gmx version 2020.1
> >>>> -----
> >>>> pull                     = yes
> >>>> pull-print-com           = no
> >>>> pull-print-ref-value     = yes
> >>>> pull-print-components    = Yes
> >>>> pull-nstxout             = 1000
> >>>> pull-nstfout             = 1000
> >>>> pull-pbc-ref-prev-step-com = yes
> >>>> pull-ngroups             = 2
> >>>> pull-ncoords             = 1
> >>>> pull-group1-name         = Thin-film
> >>>> pull-group1-pbcatom      = -1
> >>>> pull-group2-name         = mol_A
> >>>> pull-group2-pbcatom      = 0
> >>>> pull-coord1-type         = umbrella
> >>>> pull-coord1-geometry     = direction
> >>>> pull-coord1-groups       = 1 2
> >>>> pull-coord1-dim          = N N Y
> >>>> pull-coord1-origin       = 0.0 0.0 0.0
> >>>> pull-coord1-vec          = 0.0 0.0 -1.0
> >>>> pull-coord1-start        = yes
> >>>> pull-coord1-init         = 0
> >>>> pull-coord1-rate         = 0.0005
> >>>> pull-coord1-k            = 5000
> >>>> -----
> >>>> I wonder if I could extract correct initial configuration from this
> >>>> trajectory? With correct initial configuration, I mean a set of gro
> >>>> file in
> >>>> which change from one from to another is the distance between the COM
> of
> >>>> the thin-film and mol_A?
> >>>>
> >>>> Thank you
> >>>> Alex
> >>>
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