(685e) Ssages: A Comprehensive Platform for Enhanced Sampling Simulations
A palette of techniques has evolved to overcome these difficulties through static and dynamic modifications of the statistical ensemble underlying the sampling; these may be restriction based (as in umbrella sampling and replica exchange techniques) or on-the-fly adaptations (as in the powerful adaptive biasing force and metadynamics methods). Regrettably, the implementation of these techniques is not always straightforward and can be unattainable to users. This has often constrained newly developed, ostensibly general methods to problem or software specific applications, preventing the use of these techniques across platforms and research.
With these concerns in mind, we have developed SSAGES: Software Suite for Advanced General Ensemble Simulations. SSAGES is a multi-platform software that allows the use of enhanced sampling techniques on molecular simulations, which allows users to seamlessly apply enhanced sampling techniques to a variety of systems using widely used simulation engines such as LAMMPS, GROMACS, QBox, and OpenMD. We leverage SSAGES to study a variety of systems using multiple methods and discuss relative merits of flat histogram and string methods. In this talk, we will demonstrate the powerful methods, such as metadynamics, string methods, forward flux sampling and adaptive biasing force to several example systems, including dissociation of NaCl, isomerization of alanine dipeptide, mechanical properties of liquid crystals, self-assembly of porous materials, and discuss applications to related classes of problems.