The Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package (VASP) is a computer program for atomic scale materials modelling.
Local support is not available. The package is supported by its developers through their documentation site. VASP is licensed software and licenses are issued to individual research groups. Each group must build and maintain its own copy of the code.
Software Category: chem
For detailed information, visit the VASP
To find the available versions and learn how to load them, run:
module spider vasp
The output of the command shows the available VASP
For detailed information about a particular VASP
module, including how to load the module, run the
module spider command with the module’s full version label. For example:
module spider vasp/5.4.4
||Module Load Command
||module load vasp/5.4.4
||module load vasp/grads544
VASP is typically built with the Intel compiler and relies on Intel’s Math Kernel Libraries (MKL). VASP users should read our documentation for this compiler before beginning. VASP version 5.4.1 and up provides a sample makefile.include.linux_intel that can be modified for local requirements and for different distributions of MPI.
We recommend that users copy
makefile.include.linux_intel from the arch subdirectory to
makefile.include in the top-level VASP directory, i.e.
cp arch/makefile.include.linux_intel ./makefile.include
makefile.include is preconfigured to use the Intel compiler, IntelMPI, and the Intel MKL libraries. We recommend a few local modifications:
- VASP is written primarily in Fortran and on Rivanna the compiler option
-heap-arrays should be added to the
makefile.include. This can be added to the FFLAGS variable, e.g.
FFLAGS = -heap-arrays -assume byterecl -w
- It is advisable to change the SCALAPACK library name to
To use OpenMPI, the user must also change the Fortran compiler to
FC=mpif90 and the
BLACS library to
-lmkl_blacs_openmpi_lp64 while leaving
SCALAPACK = -lmkl_scalapack_lp64.a.
The VASP suite consists of three executables:
vasp_ncl. The default
makefile.include will attempt to build all three consecutively. Users may find it works best to compile these individually, by editing the line
to contain only one of
ncl, and then running the build process for each one.
Example Slurm script
To run VASP, the user prepares a group of input files with predetermined names. The path to the vasp binary must be provided to the Slurm process manager
srun; in the example below we assume it is in a directory
bin at the same level as the directory from which the job is submitted. All input and potential files must be located in the same directory as the Slurm job script in this example.
#SBATCH --account my_acct
module load intel intelmpi