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A first-principles materials simulation code using DFT. 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.


SIESTA 4.0.1 can be activated using the module files:

module load apps/siesta/4.0.1/intel-17.0.0
module load apps/siesta/4.0.1/intel-17.0.0-openmpi-2.0.1

Where the latter module file apps/siesta/4.0.1/intel-17.0.0-openmpi-2.0.1 loads the version compiled to run in parallel using Open MPI and loads the module for Open MPI 2.0.1. The SIESTA executable is siesta.

Batch jobs

Users are encouraged to write their own batch submission scripts. The following is an example batch submission script,, to run siesta in parallel and which is submitted to the queue by typing qsub

#$ -cwd
#$ -l h_rt=06:00:00
#$ -l rmem=2G
#$ -pe mpi 8

module load apps/siesta/4.0.1/intel-17.0.0-openmpi-2.0.1

mpirun siesta < my_input.fdf | tee my_input.out

The script requests eight CPU cores using the MPI parallel environment mpi, with 2 GB of real memory per CPU core. The requested runtime is 6 hours. The SIESTA input file is my_input.fdf.

Installation notes

SIESTA 4.0.1 is available on ShARC as a serial version and as a parallel version using Open MPI. Both compilations use the Intel MKL maths library.

The serial version and the parallel version of SIESTA 4.0.1 were installed using the installation script.

The module file for the serial version is /usr/local/modulefiles/apps/siesta/4.0.1/intel-17.0.0.

The module file for the parallel version is /usr/local/modulefiles/apps/siesta/4.0.1/intel-17.0.0-openmpi-2.0.1.

The installations of SIESTA 4.0.1 were tested by using make check to run tests as part of the installation process (see the installation script for details).