How to run GROMACS efficiently on LUMI supercomputer

This course gives practical tips on how to run GROMACS simulations efficiently on LUMI-G i.e. on AMD GPUs. The attendees will learn how to assess and tune GROMACS performance.  In addition the course provides an overview on LUMI architecture, GROMACS heterogeneous parallelization, with a special attention to AMD GPU.
The event is organized in collaboration with BioExcel, CSC and PDC.

Where and when:

Wednesday 24th – Thursday 25th January


  • LUMI architecture
  • GROMACS heterogeneous parallelization
  • AMD GPU support in GROMACS
  • Assessing and tuning performance of GROMACS simulations

Learning outcome:

After the course the participants should have the skills and knowledge needed to

  1. efficiently use GPU resources in GROMACS simulations
  2. tune and assess GROMACS performance.

Target audience:

These sessions are aimed at GROMACS user on HPC clusters interested in:

  1. running efficiently GROMACS simulation on LUMI-G
  2. Understanding how to tune and to assess GROMACS performance

Selection: participants will be selected to maximise benefit by evaluating the match between content, motivation and current skills. Moreover geographical coverage and gender balance will be considered.
Those with access to LUMI will be prioritized. Applications will be evaluated regularly and it is possible the workshop will fill up before the deadline.


The participants are required:

  • to be familiar with  molecular dynamics simulation and have working knowledge of GROMACS. Note: The fundamentals of molecular dynamics simulation or basic usage of GROMACS are not covered in this course
  • to have experience in basic Linux/Unix skills, understand basic batch scripts and hands-on experience in using HPC systems. Ability to use the command line: navigate files and directories through shell commands, create/move/delete files and directories, construct command pipelines, edit/run shell scripts, use basic Slurm commands, submit job in a queue, find further help about the scheduler
  • To have awareness of differences between hardware components (i.e. GPU vs CPU, memory and storage)

Please consult the following materials, if you’re uncertain of your Linux or GROMACS skills:

Technical requirements:

To participate in the online interactive sessions:

  • We recommend using the Zoom desktop app.
  • A microphone and (ideally) a webcam.
  • Two screens are handy


The training includes two online sessions and participants are expected to attend both of them. Each session consists of lectures and hands-on exercises. GROMACS will be used in the exercise sessions. LUMI supercomputer will be used for the hands-on exercises. You need to apply for a user account, but we’ll provide the project and resources.

Wednesday 24th January 9:30-14:30 CET

  • Workshop Introduction
  • LUMI architecture
  • Brief intro to GROMACS
  • GROMACS parallelization and algorithms background
  • AMD GPU support in GROMACS
  • How to run on LUMI
  • Hands-on: experiment to find optimal run parameters using upto three model systems

Thursday 25th January 9:30-14:30 CET

  • Assessing and tuning performance of GROMACS simulations
  • Hands-on on continues
  • Overview and discussion on attendees results