MIST: A simple and efficient molecular dynamics abstraction library for integrator development
We present MIST, the Molecular Integration Simulation Toolkit, a lightweight and efficient software library written in C++ which provides an abstract interface to common molecular dynamics codes, enabling rapid and portable development of new integration schemes for molecular dynamics. The initial release provides plug-in interfaces to NAMD-Lite, GROMACS and Amber, and includes several standard integration schemes, a constraint solver, temperature control using Langevin Dynamics, and two tempering schemes. We describe the architecture and functionality of the library and the C and Fortran APIs which can be used to interface additional MD codes to MIST. We show, for a range of test systems, that MIST introduces negligible overheads for serial, shared-memory parallel, and GPU-accelerated cases, except for Amber where the native integrators run directly on the GPU itself. As a demonstration of the capabilities of MIST, we describe a simulated tempering simulation used to study the free energy landscape of Alanine-12 in both vacuum and detailed solvent conditions.