Re: [AMBER] Can anyone tell me what the parm99.dat values correspond to?

From: M. L. Dodson <>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 16:24:38 -0500

On Mar 15, 2010, at 3:58 PM, wrote:

> I'm looking for all the parameters necessary to work with the raw amber forces equation found on
> which needs parameters for bonds, angles, torsions, electrostatic and vanderwalls.
> Are they scattered around in different files like parm99.dat and Where are they? And how do I determine what numbers
> correspond to what? For instance in parm99.dat there are lots of numbers what are they? Bond Angles? Electrostatic forces?
> So far people have just refered me to the documentation.
> I have looked through the docs and the file specification
> and there is not enough information to let me know what the values are.
> Here is a line example from parm99.dat
> C -CT 317.0 1.522 JCC,7,(1986),230; AA
> What are these numbers?
> Can someone please help me find all the parameters I need to use the original amber force field equations?
> The project is an educational simulation funded by the department of education to help improve science in the US.
> we are using Unity3D as an engine for the simulations.
> Daniel Savage
> CinematicSciences

Well, I will assume that you want the results of this exercise to have some connection to reality (at least reality as represented by simulation with the AMBER FF). If so, I think this is a project of some substantial duration given the initial coding (rapid prototyping environment or not) and NECESSARY validation.

Let me suggest you take another tack rather than reinventing the wheel. The GPL-licensed AmberTools project (see the AMBER web site) has all the software needed to do MD simulations. The primary tools in the project you will need for simple simulations are nab and leap (leap comes in several versions). If you wait a month or so, I believe the next version of AmberTools will have the source code for these calculations factored into a library suitable for access by scripting or prototyping engines. (The list will correct me if I am wrong on this, but that is my understanding.) This library will already have computational answers to the questions you are asking embedded in the source code. The main point, however, is that this software has been extensively validated.

The main "deficiencies" compared to the regular AMBER simulation engines are inability to carry out explicit solvent, periodic boundary conditions dynamics runs and to carry out coupled potential quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QMMM) simulations. (To the list: I know that statement misses a lot of differences, but these the main ones that would impact this gentleman's objective, IMO.)

Good luck,

Bud Dodson
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