Questions regarding compilation of VASP on various platforms.

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Postby Marycalc » Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:36 pm

The technical staff have installed 5.4.1 on one of the clusters that we use. They told me that there are three executable versions: vasp_std, vasp_ncl and vasp_gam, but did not know the difference (standard, gamma, and non-linear). I calculated one same job using those three executables, and have not seen difference in the final calculated energy for a silicon surface. However, there are some differences in the used CPU. Could somebody give me some information about it, also what are the specific advantages of using 5.4.1 over 5.3.5?
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Re: 5.4.1

Postby magal » Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:57 am


Version vasp_gam is the version of vasp working at the Gamma ponit only, version vasp_std is standard version of vasp and the vasp_ncl is for non-collinear calculations for instance to perform fully non-collinear magnetic structure calculations or to includ spin-orbit interactions in the calculations. The newer version includes some corrections and improvements as bugfix in symmetry.F; NCORE/=1 for hybrid functional calculations; bugfix in pead.F and others. And there are also new version of POTCAR files.

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Re: 5.4.1

Postby alex » Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:54 pm

Hi Marycalc,

the earlier versions contain two branches (standard and gamma), too. Please check with your technical staff, which one they made available.

And do some reading on that behalf!


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