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GROMACS (Groningen Machine for Chemical Simulations) is a versatile package which performs molecular dynamics, i.e. simulates the Newtonian equations of motion for systems with hundreds to millions of particles.

It is primarily designed for biochemical molecules like proteins and lipids that have a lot of complicated bonded interactions, but since GROMACS is extremely fast at calculating the nonbonded interactions (that usually dominate simulations) many groups are also using it for research on non-biological systems, e.g. polymers.

Sample scripts for GROMACS use are available in directory /opt/packages/examples/gromacs on Bridges-2.


  • GROMACS website
  • The calling structure for GROMACS is quite complicated.  It is strongly recommended that users become familiar with the program before submitting jobs to PSC resources.  A good place to start is the online GROMACS tutorials.

Usage on Bridges-2

To see what versions of GROMACS are available and if there is more than one, which is the default, along with some help, type

module spider gromacs

To use GROMACS, include a command like this in your batch script or interactive session to load the GROMACS module: (note ‘module load’ is case-sensitive):

module load gromacs