Exploring Protocols to Build Reservoirs to Accelerate Replica Exchange MD Simulations
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In this work, we ported the AMBER RREMD code onto GPUs making it 20x faster than the CPU code. Then, we explored protocols for building Boltzmann-weighted reservoirs as well as non-Boltzmann reservoirs, and tested how each choice affects the accuracy of the resulting RREMD simulations. We show that, using the recommended protocols outlined here, RREMD simulations can accurately reproduce Boltzmann-weighted ensembles obtained by much more expensive conventional REMD simulations, with at least 15x faster convergence rates even for larger proteins (>50 amino acids) compared to conventional REMD.