# GROMACS 2019.1 release notes¶

This version was released on February 15, 2019. These release notes document the changes that have taken place in GROMACS since the initial version 2019, to fix known issues. It also incorporates all fixes made in version 2018.5 and earlier, which you can find described in the Release notes.

## Fixes where mdrun could behave incorrectly¶

### Fix error with 2D/3D dynamic load balancing¶

With 2D or 3D domain decomposition with dynamic load balancing, mdrun would exit with the error “The domain decomposition grid has shifted too much ..” when a cell size was limited.

Issue 2830

### Fix incorrect LJ repulsion force switching on GPUs¶

When using a CUDA or OpenCL GPU, the coefficient for the second order term for the LJ repulsion in the force switching function, called ‘A’ in the manual, had the wrong sign. This lead to very small errors in the forces and the pressure. Note that the dispersion force switching was correct. The effects of this bug on any physical results seems to be negligible. Note that force switching is usually only used in combination with the CHARMM force field.

Issue 2845

Issue 2813

### Fix segmentation fault with energy minimization with the group scheme¶

Using energy minimization in combination with the group cutoff scheme and domain decomposition could lead to a segmentation fault.

Issue 2813

### Correct free-energy Delta H output with mass lambda’s¶

When separate lambda parameters were used for perturbed mass free-energy contributions, these contributions were double counted in the Delta H output used for BAR calculations. Note that dH/dlambda was always correct

### Prevent mdrun -rerun from writing incorrect free-energy output¶

Now mdrun -rerun exits with a fatal error when masses or constraints are perturbed. Their contributions to Hamiltonian differences and derivatives were incorrectly set to zero in version 2019.

Issue 2849

Issue 1431

## Fixes for gmx tools¶

### Fix trjconv -ndec¶

This only works for writing .xtc files. The code and documentation now works correctly with .gro files, which was changed in 2016 release series so that it would only write fixed-width columns.

### Fix using index file groups when .tpr file not supplied¶

Selections that use groups from a supplied index file can again be used even when a .tpr file is not supplied.

Issue 2847

### Fix tune_pme¶

The tool did not work due to a file reading error that is fixed now.

Issue 2827

## Fixes that affect portability¶

### With MSVC, disabled internal clFFT fallback used for OpenCL support¶

GROMACS requires MSVC 2017, and the GROMACS OpenCL build requires clFFT. If clFFT is found on the user’s system, then all may be well, but the version of clFFT bundled within GROMACS cannot be built because only MSVC 2010 is supported by clFFT at this time. A configure-time fatal error is now issued in this case.

Issue 2500

### Explicitly require 64-bit platforms for OpenCL¶

A 64-bit OpenCL runtime is required by GROMACS. All known OpenCL implementations on 64-bit platforms are 64-bit (and there are no known 32-bit platforms with 64-bit OpenCL), hence we require a 64-bit platform at configure-time in OpenCL builds. A known unsupported 32-bit platform is ARMv7.