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Step separation for ACFDTR calculations in VASP 6

Posted: Wed May 12, 2021 8:57 am
by Michael.Sluydts
We are using the cubic scaling ACFDTR algorithm in VASP 6. However, all simulation steps of the ACFDT(R) calculations are done in a single calculation rather than the four separate steps in VASP 5. Is there a way to separate these steps again also in VASP 6?

The reason for this is that we are already calculating the HF exact exchange separately. We also need multiple nodes, whereas the RPA calculation step requires NCORE=1 and KPAR=1, which becomes highly inefficient if also applied to the PBE calculation step. In extreme cales the PBE calculation takes longer than the RPA step. Suggestions?

Re: Step separation for ACFDTR calculations in VASP 6

Posted: Mon May 17, 2021 8:53 am
by kresse_georg
Dear Michael,

In fact, it is still possible to do the individual steps separately, you simply need to supply the NBANDS tag in the INCAR file for the RPA/ACFDT step. If the NBANDS tag is present, VASP does not perform the self-consistency step, but rather reads the WAVECAR file and then determines the RPA and exact exchange energy.

This applies to any RPA algorithm (RPA, RPAR, ACFDT etc.).

Hope this resolves the issue.

Georg Kresse