write_restart restart.equil write_restart poly.%.*
Write a binary restart file of the current state of the simulation.
During a long simulation, the restart command is typically used to dump restart files periodically. The write_restart command is useful after a minimization or whenever you wish to write out a single current restart file.
Similar to dump files, the restart filename can contain two wild-card characters. If a "*" appears in the filename, it is replaced with the current timestep value. If a "%" character appears in the filename, then one file is written by each processor and the "%" character is replaced with the processor ID from 0 to P-1. An additional file with the "%" replaced by "base" is also written, which contains global information. For example, the files written for filename restart.% would be restart.base, restart.0, restart.1, ... restart.P-1. This creates smaller files and can be a fast mode of output and subsequent input on parallel machines that support parallel I/O.
Restart files can be read by a read_restart command to restart a simulation from a particular state. Because the file is binary (to enable exact restarts), it may not be readable on another machine. In this case, the restart2data program in the tools directory can be used to convert a restart file to an ASCII data file. Both the read_restart command and restart2data tool can read in a restart file that was written with the "%" character so that multiple files were created.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Although the purpose of restart files is to enable restarting a simulation from where it left off, not all information about a simulation is stored in the file. For example, the list of fixes that were specified during the initial run is not stored, which means the new input script must specify any fixes you want to use. Even when restart information is stored in the file, as it is for some fixes, commands may need to be re-specified in the new input script, in order to re-use that information. See the read_restart command for information about what is stored in a restart file.
This command requires inter-processor communication to migrate atoms before the restart file is written. This means that your system must be ready to perform a simulation before using this command (force fields setup, atom masses initialized, etc).
restart, read_restart, write_data