Swarm-CG: Automatic Parametrization of Bonded Terms in MARTINI-Based Coarse-Grained Models of Simple to Complex Molecules via Fuzzy Self-Tuning Particle Swarm Optimization

Empereur-Mot, Charly and Pesce, Luca and Doni, Giovanni and Bochicchio, Davide and Capelli, Riccardo and Perego, Claudio and Pavan, Giovanni M. (2020) Swarm-CG: Automatic Parametrization of Bonded Terms in MARTINI-Based Coarse-Grained Models of Simple to Complex Molecules via Fuzzy Self-Tuning Particle Swarm Optimization. ACS Omega, 5 (50). pp. 32823-32843. ISSN 2470-1343

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Abstract

We present Swarm-CG, a versatile software for the automatic iterative parametrization of bonded parameters in coarse-grained (CG) models, ideal in combination with popular CG force fields such as MARTINI. By coupling fuzzy self-tuning particle swarm optimization to Boltzmann inversion, Swarm-CG performs accurate bottom-up parametrization of bonded terms in CG models composed of up to 200 pseudo atoms within 4–24 h on standard desktop machines, using default settings. The software benefits from a user-friendly interface and two different usage modes (default and advanced). We particularly expect Swarm-CG to support and facilitate the development of new CG models for the study of complex molecular systems interesting for bio- and nanotechnology. Excellent performances are demonstrated using a benchmark of 9 molecules of diverse nature, structural complexity, and size. Swarm-CG is available with all its dependencies via the Python Package Index (PIP package: swarm-cg). Demonstration data are available at: www.github.com/GMPavanLab/SwarmCG.

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