Much of science can be explained by the movement and interaction of molecules. Molecular dynamics (MD) is a computational technique used to explore these phenomena, from noble gases to biological macromolecules. Molly.jl is a pure Julia package for MD, and for the simulation of physical systems more broadly. The package is currently under development for research with a focus on proteins and differentiable molecular simulation. There are a number of ways that the package could be improved:
Machine learning potentials (duration: 175h, expected difficulty: easy to medium): in the last few years machine learning potentials have been improved significantly. Models such as ANI, ACE, NequIP and Allegro can be added to Molly.
Simulators (duration: 175h, expected difficulty: easy to medium): a variety of standard approaches to simulating molecules can be added including FIRE minimisation, pressure coupling (NPT ensemble) and enhanced sampling approaches.
Constraint algorithms (duration: 175h, expected difficulty: medium): many simulations keep fast degrees of freedom such as bond lengths and bond angles fixed using approaches such as SHAKE, RATTLE and SETTLE. A fast implementation of these algorithms would be a valuable contribution.
Electrostatic summation (duration: 175h, expected difficulty: medium to hard): methods such as particle-mesh Ewald (PME) are in wide use for molecular simulation. Developing fast, flexible implementations and exploring compatibility with GPU acceleration and automatic differentiation would be an important contribution.
Recommended skills: familiarity with computational chemistry, structural bioinformatics or simulating physical systems.
Expected results: new features added to the package along with tests and relevant documentation.
Mentor: Joe Greener
Contact: feel free to ask questions via email or the JuliaMolSim Zulip.