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Title: Multiply Accelerated ReaxFF Molecular Dynamics: Coupling Parallel Replica Dynamics with Collective Variable Hyper Dynamics
To tackle the time scales required to study complex chemical reactions, methods performing accelerated molecular dynamics are necessary even with the recent advancement in high-performance computing. A number of different acceleration techniques are available. Here we explore potential synergies between two popular acceleration methods – Parallel Replica Dynamics (PRD) and Collective Variable Hyperdynamics (CVHD), by analysing the speedup obtained for the pyrolysis of n-dodecane. We observe that PRD + CVHD provides additional speedup to CVHD by reaching the required time scales for the reaction at an earlier wall-clock time. Although some speedup is obtained with the additional replicas, we found that the effectiveness of the inclusion of PRD is depreciated for systems where there is a dramatic increase in reaction rates induced by CVHD. Similar observations were made in the simulation of ethylene-carbonate/Li system, which is inherently more reactive than pyrolysis, indicate that the speedup obtained via the combination of the two acceleration methods can be generalised to most practical chemical systems.
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