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We introduce a scheme for molecular simulations, the deep potential molecular dynamics (DPMD) method, based on a many-body potential and interatomic forces generated by a carefully crafted deep neural network trained with ab initio data. The neural network model preserves all the natural symmetries in the problem. It is first-principles based in the sense that there are no ad hoc components aside from the network model. We show that the proposed scheme provides an efficient and accurate protocol in a variety of systems, including bulk materials and molecules. In all these cases, DPMD gives results that are essentially indistinguishable from the original data, at a cost that scales linearly with system size.

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*Physical review letters*,

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**Deep Potential Molecular Dynamics : A Scalable Model with the Accuracy of Quantum Mechanics**. In: Physical review letters. 2018 ; Vol. 120, No. 14.

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*Physical review letters*, vol. 120, no. 14, 143001. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001

**Deep Potential Molecular Dynamics : A Scalable Model with the Accuracy of Quantum Mechanics.** / Zhang, Linfeng; Han, Jiequn; Wang, Han; Car, Roberto; E, Weinan.

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T1 - Deep Potential Molecular Dynamics

T2 - A Scalable Model with the Accuracy of Quantum Mechanics

AU - Zhang, Linfeng

AU - Han, Jiequn

AU - Wang, Han

AU - Car, Roberto

AU - E, Weinan

N1 - Funding Information: Zhang Linfeng Han Jiequn Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University , Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA Wang Han * Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics , Fenghao East Road 2, Beijing 100094, People’s Republic of China and CAEP Software Center for High Performance Numerical Simulation , Huayuan Road 6, Beijing 100088, People’s Republic of China Car Roberto Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, Princeton University , Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA E Weinan † Department of Mathematics and Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University , Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA and Center for Data Science, Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research, Peking University , Beijing Institute of Big Data Research, Beijing 100871, People’s Republic of China * wang_han@iapcm.ac.cn † weinan@math.princeton.edu 4 April 2018 6 April 2018 120 14 143001 3 August 2017 © 2018 American Physical Society 2018 American Physical Society We introduce a scheme for molecular simulations, the deep potential molecular dynamics (DPMD) method, based on a many-body potential and interatomic forces generated by a carefully crafted deep neural network trained with ab initio data. The neural network model preserves all the natural symmetries in the problem. It is first-principles based in the sense that there are no ad hoc components aside from the network model. We show that the proposed scheme provides an efficient and accurate protocol in a variety of systems, including bulk materials and molecules. In all these cases, DPMD gives results that are essentially indistinguishable from the original data, at a cost that scales linearly with system size. National Natural Science Foundation of China 10.13039/501100001809 91130005 U1430237 11501039 91530322 Office of Naval Research 10.13039/100000006 N00014-13-1-0338 U.S. Department of Energy 10.13039/100000015 DE-SC0008626 DE-SC0009248 U.S. Department of Energy 10.13039/100000015 DE-SC0008626 National Key Research and Development Program of China 2016YFB0201200 2016YFB0201203 Science Challenge JCKY2016212A502 Molecular dynamics (MD) is used in many disciplines, including physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science, but its accuracy depends on the model for the atomic interactions. Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) [1,2] has the accuracy of density functional theory (DFT) [3] , but its computational cost limits typical applications to hundreds of atoms and time scales of ∼ 100 ps . Applications requiring larger cells and longer simulations are currently accessible only with empirical force fields (FFs) [4–6] , but the accuracy and transferability of these models is often in question. Developing FFs is challenging due to the many-body character of the potential energy. Expansions in two- and three-body interactions may capture the physics [7] , but are strictly valid only for weakly interacting systems. A large class of potentials, including the embedded atom method (EAM) [8] , the bond order potentials [9] , and the reactive FFs [10] , share the physically motivated idea that the strength of a bond depends on the local environment, but the functional form of this dependence can only be given with crude approximations. Machine learning (ML) methodologies are changing this state of affairs [11–20] . When trained on large data sets of atomic configurations and corresponding potential energies and forces, ML models can reproduce the original data accurately. In training these models, the atomic coordinates cannot be used as they appear in MD trajectories because their format does not preserve the translational, rotational, and permutational symmetry of the system. Different ML models address this issue in different ways. Two successful schemes are the Behler-Parrinello neural network (BPNN) [13] and the gradient-domain machine learning (GDML) method [19] . In the BPNN, symmetry is preserved by mapping the coordinates onto a large set of two- and three-body symmetry functions, which are, however, largely ad hoc . Fixing the symmetry functions may become painstaking in systems with many atomic species. In the GDML, the same goal is achieved by mapping the coordinates onto the eigenvalues of the Coulomb matrix, whose elements are the inverse distances between all distinct pairs of atoms. It is not straightforward how to use the Coulomb matrix in extended periodic systems. So far, GDML has only been used for relatively small molecules. In this Letter, we introduce a neural network (NN) based scheme for MD simulations, called deep potential molecular dynamics (DPMD), which overcomes the limitations associated with auxiliary quantities like the symmetry functions or the Coulomb matrix (All the examples presented in this work are tested using the DeePMD-kit package [21] , which is available at [22] ). In our scheme, a local reference frame and a local environment is assigned to each atom. Each environment contains a finite number of atoms, whose local coordinates are arranged in a symmetry preserving way following the prescription of the deep potential method [23] , an approach that was devised to train a NN with the potential energy only. With typical AIMD data sets, this is insufficient to reproduce the trajectories. DPMD overcomes this limitation. In addition, the learning process in DPMD improves significantly over the deep potential method thanks to the introduction of a flexible family of loss functions. The NN potential constructed in this way reproduces accurately the AIMD trajectories, both classical and quantum (path integral), in extended and finite systems, at a cost that scales linearly with system size and is always several orders of magnitude lower than that of equivalent AIMD simulations. In DPMD, the potential energy of each atomic configuration is a sum of “atomic energies” E = ∑ i E i , where E i is determined by the local environment of atom i within a cutoff radius R c and can be seen as a realization of the embedded atom concept. The environmental dependence of E i , which embodies the many-body character of the interactions, is complex and nonlinear. The NN is able to capture the analytical dependence of E i on the coordinates of the atoms in the environment in terms of the composition of the sequence of mappings associated with the individual hidden layers. The additive form of E naturally preserves the extensive character of the potential energy. Because of the analyticity of the atomic energies, DPMD is, in principle, a conservative model. E i is constructed in two steps. First, a local coordinate frame is set up for every atom and its neighbors inside R c [24] . This allows us to preserve the translational, rotational, and permutational symmetries of the environment, as shown in Fig. 1 , which illustrates the format adopted for the local coordinate information { D i j } . The 1 / R i j factor present in D i j reduces the weight of the particles that are more distant from atom i . 1 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001.f1 FIG. 1. Schematic plot of the neural network input for the environment of atom i , taking water as an example. Atom j is a generic neighbor of atom i , ( e x , e y , e z ) is the local frame of atom i , e x is along the O ─ H bond, e z is perpendicular to the plane of the water molecule, e y is the cross product of e z and e x , and ( x i j , y i j , z i j ) are the Cartesian components of the vector R i j in this local frame. R i j is the length of R i j . The neural network input D i j may either contain the full radial and angular information of atom j , i.e., D i j = { 1 / R i j , x i j / R i j 2 , y i j / R i j 2 , z i j / R i j 2 } or only the radial information, i.e., D i j = { 1 / R i j } . We first sort the neighbors of atom i according to their chemical species, e.g., oxygens first then hydrogens. Within each species, we sort the atoms according to their inverse distances to atom i , i.e., 1 / R i j . We use { D i j } to denote the sorted input data for atom i . Next, { D i j } serves as input of a deep neural network (DNN) [25] , which returns E i in output (Fig. 2 ). The DNN is a feed forward network, in which data flow from the input layer to the output layer ( E i ), through multiple hidden layers consisting of several nodes that input the data d l in from the previous layer and output the data d k out to the next layer. A linear transformation is applied to the input data, i.e., d ˜ k = ∑ l w k l d l in + b k , followed by action of a nonlinear function φ on d ˜ k , i.e., d k out = φ ( d ˜ k ) . In the final step from the last hidden layer to E i , only the linear transformation is applied. The composition of the linear and nonlinear transformations introduced above provides the analytical representation of E i in terms of the local coordinates. The technical details of this construction are discussed in the Supplemental Material [26] . In our applications, we adopt the hyperbolic tangent for φ and use five hidden layers with decreasing number of nodes per layer, i.e., 240, 120, 60, 30, and 10 nodes, respectively, from the innermost to the outermost layer. It is known empirically that the hidden layers greatly enhance the capability of neural networks to fit complex and highly nonlinear functional dependences [27,28] . In our case, only by including a few hidden layers could DPMD reproduce the trajectories with sufficient accuracy. 2 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001.f2 FIG. 2. Schematic plot of the DPMD model. The frame in the box is an enlargement of a DNN. The relative positions of all neighbors with respect to atom i , i.e., { R i j } , is first converted to { D i j } , then passed to the hidden layers to compute E i . We use the Adam method [29] to optimize the parameters w k l and b k of each layer with the family of loss functions L ( p ε , p f , p ξ ) = p ε Δ ε 2 + p f 3 N ∑ i | Δ F i | 2 + p ξ 9 | | Δ ξ | | 2 . (1) Here Δ denotes the difference between the DPMD prediction and the training data, N is the number of atoms, ε is the energy per atom, F i is the force on atom i , and ξ is the virial tensor Ξ = - 1 2 ∑ i R i ⊗ F i divided by N . In Eq. (1) , p ε , p f , and p ξ are tunable prefactors. When virial information is missing from the data, we set p ξ = 0 . In order to minimize the loss function in Eq. (1) in a well balanced way, we vary the magnitude of the prefactors during training. We progressively increase p ε and p ξ and decrease p f , so that the force term dominates at the beginning, while energy and virial terms become important at the end. We find that this strategy is very effective and reduces the total training time to a few core hours in all the test cases. To test the method, we have applied DPMD to extended and finite systems. As representative extended systems, we consider (a) liquid water at P = 1 bar and T = 300 K , at the path-integral AIMD (PI-AIMD) level, (b) ice Ih at P = 1 bar and T = 273 K , at the PI-AIMD level, (c) ice Ih at P = 1 bar and T = 330 K , at the classical AIMD level, and (d) ice Ih at P = 2.13 kbar and T = 238 K , which is the experimental triple point for ice I, II, and III, at the classical AIMD level. The variable periodic simulation cell contains 64 H 2 O molecules in the case of liquid water and 96 H 2 O molecules in the case of ices. We adopt R c = 6.0 Å and use the full radial and angular information for the 16 oxygens and the 32 hydrogens closest to the atom at the origin, while retaining only radial information for all the other atoms within R c . All the ice simulations include proton disorder. Deuterons replace protons in simulations (c) and (d). The hybrid version of Perdew - Burke - Ernzerhof ( PBE 0 ) + Tkatchenko - Scheffler ( TS ) [30,31] functional is adopted in all cases. As representative finite systems, we consider benzene, uracil, naphthalene, aspirin, salicylic acid, malonaldehyde, ethanol, and toluene, for which classical AIMD trajectories with the Perdew - Burke - Ernzerhof ( PBE ) + TS functional [31,32] are available [33] . In these systems, we set R c large enough to include all the atoms and use the full radial and angular information in each local frame. We discuss the performance of DPMD according to four criteria: (i) generality of the model; (ii) accuracy of the energy, forces, and virial tensor; (iii) faithfulness of the trajectories; and (iv) scalability and computational cost [34] . Generality.— Bulk and molecular systems exhibit different levels of complexity. The liquid water samples include quantum fluctuations. The organic molecules differ in composition and size, and the corresponding data sets include large numbers of conformations. Yet DPMD produces satisfactory results in all cases, using the same methodology, network structure, and optimization scheme. The excellent performance of DPMD in systems so diverse suggests that the method should be applicable to harder systems such as biological molecules, alloys, and liquid mixtures. Accuracy.— We quantify the accuracy of energy, forces, and virial predictions in terms of the root-mean-square error (RMSE) in the case of water and ices (Table I ) and in terms of the mean absolute error (MAE) in the case of the organic molecules (Table II ). No virial information was used for the latter. In the water case, the RMSE of the forces is comparable to the accuracy of the minimization procedure in the original AIMD simulations, in which the allowed error in the forces was less than 10 - 3 Hartree/Bohr. In the case of the molecules, the predicted energy and forces are generally slightly better than the GDML benchmark. I 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001.t1 TABLE I. The RMSE of the DPMD prediction for water and ices in terms of the energy, the forces, and/or the virial. The RMSEs of the energy and the virial are normalized by the number of molecules in the system. System Energy (meV) Force ( meV / Å ) Virial (meV) Liquid water 1.0 40.4 2.0 Ice Ih (b) 0.7 43.3 1.5 Ice Ih (c) 0.7 26.8 ⋯ Ice Ih (d) 0.8 25.4 ⋯ II 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001.t2 TABLE II. The MAE of the DPMD prediction for organic molecules in terms of the energy and the forces. The numbers in parentheses are the GDML results [19] . Molecule Energy (meV) Force ( meV / Å ) Benzene 2.8 (3.0) 7.6 (10.0) Uracil 3.7 (4.0) 9.8 (10.4) Naphthalene 4.1 (5.2) 7.1 (10.0) Aspirin 8.7 (11.7) 19.1 (42.9) Salicylic acid 4.6 (5.2) 10.9 (12.1) Malonaldehyde 4.0 (6.9) 12.7 (34.7) Ethanol 2.4 (6.5) 8.3 (34.3) Toluene 3.7 (5.2) 8.5 (18.6) MD trajectories.— In the case of water and ices, we perform path-integral or classical DPMD simulations at the thermodynamic conditions of the original models, using the i - pi software [35] , but with much longer simulation time (300 ps). The average energy E ¯ , density ρ ¯ , radial distribution functions (RDFs), and a representative angular distribution function (ADF), i.e., a three-body correlation function, are reproduced with high accuracy. The results are summarized in Table III . The RDFs and ADF of the quantum trajectories of water are shown in Fig. 3 . The RDFs of ice are reported in the Supplemental Material. A higher-order correlation function, the probability distribution function of the O ─ O bond orientation order parameter Q 6 [36] , is additionally reported in the Supplemental Material and shows excellent agreement between DPMD and AIMD trajectories. In the case of the molecules, we perform DPMD at the same temperature of the original data, using a Langevin thermostat with a damping time τ = 0.1 ps . The corresponding distributions of interatomic distances are very close to the original data (Fig. 4 ). III 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001.t3 TABLE III. The equilibrium energy and density, E ¯ and ρ ¯ , of water and ices, with DPMD and AIMD. The numbers in square brackets are the AIMD results. The numbers in parentheses are statistical uncertainties in the last one or two digits. The training AIMD trajectories for the ices are shorter and more correlated than in the water case. System E ¯ ( eV / H 2 O ) ρ ¯ ( g / m 3 ) Liquid water - 467.678 ( 2 ) [ - 467.679 ( 6 ) ] 1.013(5) [1.013(20)] Ice Ih (b) - 467.750 ( 1 ) [ - 467.747 ( 4 ) ] 0.967(1) [0.966(6)] Ice Ih (c) - 468.0478 ( 3 ) [ - 468.0557 ( 16 ) ] 0.950(1) [0.949(2)] Ice Ih (d) - 468.0942 ( 2 ) [ - 468.1026 ( 9 ) ] 0.986(1) [0.985(2)] 3 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001.f3 FIG. 3. Correlation functions of liquid water from DPMD and PI-AIMD. (Left) RDFs. (Right) The O-O-O ADF within a cutoff radius of 3.7 Å. 4 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001.f4 FIG. 4. Interatomic distance distributions of the organic molecules. The solid lines denote the DPMD results. The dashed lines denote the AIMD results. Scalability and computational cost.— All the physical quantities in DPMD are sums of local contributions. Thus, after training on a relatively small system, DPMD can be directly applied to much larger systems. The computational cost of DPMD scales linearly with the number of atoms. Moreover, DPMD can be easily parallelized due to its local decomposition and the near-neighbor dependence of its atomic energies. In Fig. 5 , we compare the cost of DPMD fixed-cell simulations ( N V T ) of liquid water with that of equivalent simulations with AIMD and the empirical FF TIP3P (transferable intermolecular potential with 3 points) [41] in units of CPU core seconds/step/molecule. 5 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001.f5 FIG. 5. Computational cost of MD step versus system size, with DPMD, TIP3P, PBE + TS , and PBE 0 + TS . All simulations are performed on a Nersc Cori supercomputer with the Intel Xeon CPU E5-2698 v3. The TIP3P simulations use the Gromacs codes (version 4.6.7) [42] . The PBE + TS and PBE 0 + TS simulations use the Quantum Espresso codes [43] . While in principle the environmental dependence of E i is analytical, in our implementation, discontinuities are present in the forces, due to adoption of a sharp cutoff radius, limitation of angular information to a fixed number of atoms, and abrupt changes in the atomic lists due to sorting. These discontinuities are similar in magnitude to those present in the AIMD forces due to finite numerical accuracy in the enforcement of the Born-Oppenheimer condition. In both cases, the discontinuities are much smaller than thermal fluctuations and perfect canonical evolution is achieved by coupling the systems to a thermostat. We further note that long-range Coulomb interactions are not treated explicitly in the current implementation, although implicitly present in the training data. Explicit treatment of Coulombic effects may be necessary in some applications and deserves further study. In conclusion, DPMD realizes a paradigm for molecular simulation, wherein accurate quantum mechanical data are faithfully parametrized by machine learning algorithms, which make possible simulations of DFT-based AIMD quality on much larger systems and for much longer time than with direct AIMD. While substantially more predictive than empirical FFs, DFT is not chemically accurate [44] . In principle, DPMD could be trained with chemically accurate data from high-level quantum chemistry [45] and/or quantum Monte Carlo calculations [46] , but so far this has been prevented by the large computational cost of these calculations. DPMD should also be very useful to coarse grain the atomic degrees of freedom, for example, by generating a NN model for a reduced set of degrees of freedom while using the full set of degrees of freedom for training. 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Y1 - 2018/4/4

N2 - We introduce a scheme for molecular simulations, the deep potential molecular dynamics (DPMD) method, based on a many-body potential and interatomic forces generated by a carefully crafted deep neural network trained with ab initio data. The neural network model preserves all the natural symmetries in the problem. It is first-principles based in the sense that there are no ad hoc components aside from the network model. We show that the proposed scheme provides an efficient and accurate protocol in a variety of systems, including bulk materials and molecules. In all these cases, DPMD gives results that are essentially indistinguishable from the original data, at a cost that scales linearly with system size.

AB - We introduce a scheme for molecular simulations, the deep potential molecular dynamics (DPMD) method, based on a many-body potential and interatomic forces generated by a carefully crafted deep neural network trained with ab initio data. The neural network model preserves all the natural symmetries in the problem. It is first-principles based in the sense that there are no ad hoc components aside from the network model. We show that the proposed scheme provides an efficient and accurate protocol in a variety of systems, including bulk materials and molecules. In all these cases, DPMD gives results that are essentially indistinguishable from the original data, at a cost that scales linearly with system size.

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U2 - 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001

DO - 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.143001

M3 - Article

C2 - 29694129

AN - SCOPUS:85045006696

VL - 120

JO - Physical Review Letters

JF - Physical Review Letters

SN - 0031-9007

IS - 14

M1 - 143001

ER -