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CASTEP is a leading code for calculating the properties of materials from first principles. Using density functional theory, it can simulate a wide range of properties of materials proprieties including energetics, structure at the atomic level, vibrational properties, electronic response properties etc. In particular it has a wide range of spectroscopic features that link directly to experiment, such as infra-red and Raman spectroscopies, NMR, and core level spectra.


Castep is free for academic use.

Interactive Usage

After connecting to Stanage, start an interactive session with the srun --pty bash –i command.

Castep can be made available by running:

module load CASTEP/23.1-intel-2022a

Castep has multiple executables that carry out various calculations and procedures. To list them all you will need to list its been directory. In the case of version 23.1 this can be by typing

ls /opt/apps/testapps/el7/software/staging/CASTEP/23.1-intel-2022a/bin

Please note majority of the exucatables require srun to run, so can only be run as a batch job. This is demonstrated in the next section.

Batch Submission - Parallel

The parallel version of CASTEP is called castep.mpi. Below is an example of a parallel castep.mpi batch job. It follows the example documented on the officcial castep tutorial .

#SBATCH --mem=5G
#SBATCH --time=00:30:00
#SBATCH --cpus-per-task=4
#Email notifications to
#Email notifications if the job fails
#SBATCH --mail-type=FAIL
#SBATCH --job-name=matlab_par_test

module load CASTEP/23.1-intel-2022a

srun --export=ALL castep.mpi graphite
srun --export=ALL orbitals2bands graphite

Installation Notes

These are primarily for system administrators.

Version 23.1

The non-GPU installation was done using the custom easyconfig CASTEP-23.1-intel.eb. This will also be submitted to the official easybuild config github.


Version 23.1

The none GPU installation was tested using the example batch scripts and the instructions listed on officcial castep tutorial .