SIESTA is both a method and its computer program implementation, to perform efficient electronic structure calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of molecules and solids. SIESTA's efficiency stems from the use of strictly localized basis sets and from the implementation of linear-scaling algorithms which can be applied to suitable systems. A very important feature of the code is that its accuracy and cost can be tuned in a wide range, from quick exploratory calculations to highly accurate simulations matching the quality of other approaches, such as plane-wave and all-electron methods.
Availability and Supported Architectures at NERSC¶
SIESTA is allowed at NERSC and runs on CPUs. SIESTA can be readily installed via Spack container.
Application Information, Documentation, and Support¶
Using SIESTA at NERSC¶
Siesta can be built and loaded using a Spack environment. First, load the Spack module and create an environment:
perlmutter$ module load cpu spack perlmutter$ mkdir <my spack directory> perlmutter$ cd <my spack directory> perlmutter$ spack env create -d . perlmutter$ spack env activate <path/to/my/spack/directory>
Then install Siesta by:
perlmutter$ spack add siesta perlmutter$ spack install
Example run scripts¶
#!/bin/bash #SBATCH --qos=regular #SBATCH --time=01:30:00 #SBATCH --nodes=2 #SBATCH --constraint=cpu module load cpu spack spack load siesta srun -n 64 -c 8 siesta < test.fdf > test.out
Building Siesta from Source¶
Users are welcome to build their own binaries from source.
User Contributed Information¶
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