The SAMPL6 SAMPLing challenge: Assessing the reliability and efficiency of binding free energy calculations

Andrea Rizzi, Travis Jensen, David R. Slochower, Matteo Aldeghi, Vytautas Gapsys, Dimitris Ntekoumes, Stefano Bosisio, Michail Papadourakis, Niel M. Henriksen, Bert L. de Groot, Zoe Cournia, Alex Dickson, Julien Michel, Michael K. Gilson, Michael R. Shirts, David L. Mobley, and John D. Chodera
Preprint ahead of publication. [bioRxiv] [GitHub]

To assess the relative efficiencies of alchemical binding free energy calculations, the SAMPL6 SAMPLing challenge asked participants to submit predictions as a function of computer effort for the same force field and charge model. Surprisingly, we found that most molecular simulation codes cannot agree on the binding free energy was, even for the same force field.

Identifying ligand binding sites and poses using GPU-accelerated Hamiltonian replica exchange molecular dynamics

Kai Wang K, John D. Chodera, Yanzhi Yang, and Michael R. Shirts. 
J. Comput. Aid. Mol. Des. 27:989, 2013. [DOI] [PDF]

We show how bound ligand poses can be identified even when the location of the binding sites are unknown using the machinery of alchemical modern free energy calculations on graphics processors. 

Free energy methods in drug discovery and design: Progress and challenges

John D. Chodera, David L. Mobley, Michael R. Shirts, Richard W. Dixon, Kim M. Branson, and Vijay S. Pande.
Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol. 21:150, 2011. [DOI] [PDF]

A review of the opportunities and challenges for alchemical free energy calculations in drug discovery and design.