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Chapter 8

Challenges in Applying Monte Carlo Sampling to Biomolecular Systems

The aim of this chapter is, instead of reviewing the considerable progress made so far, to discuss the obstacles that prevent the wider use of the Monte Carlo method for macromolecular simulations. Successful adoption of the Monte Carlo method for conformational sampling of macromolecular assemblies requires solution(s) to the following problems: (1) convince investigators that it is worth it; (2) devise move sets that generate large enough correlated changes that can be accepted with reasonable probability; (3) develop efficient treatment of non-pairwise additive potentials; (4) develop efficient treatment of long-range contributions to the system's energy; and (5) the efficient parallelization of the algorithm. In the remainder of this chapter these issues will be treated one by one.

Print publication date: 01 May 2012
Copyright year: 2012
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-461-5
PDF eISBN: 978-1-84973-504-9
From the book series:
RSC Biomolecular Sciences