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"Quantum ESPRESSO is an integrated suite of Open-Source computer codes for electronic-structure calculations and materials modeling at the nanoscale. It is based on density-functional theory, plane waves, and pseudopotentials.
Quantum ESPRESSO has evolved into a distribution of independent and inter-operable codes in the spirit of an open-source project. The Quantum ESPRESSO distribution consists of a “historical” core set of components, and a set of plug-ins that perform more advanced tasks, plus a number of third-party packages designed to be inter-operable with the core components.[1]


To use Quantum ESPRESSO, you need to load a module (see Using modules). You can see available versions using module avail quantumespresso or module spider quantumespresso, and load one with (for example), module load quantumespresso/6.6.

File : qe_ex1.sh

#SBATCH --account=def-someuser
#SBATCH --time=0-1:00           # DD-HH:MM
#SBATCH --nodes=1
#SBATCH --tasks-per-node=32     # MPI tasks
#SBATCH --mem=0                 # all memory on node
module load StdEnv/2020  intel/2020.1.217  openmpi/4.0.3
module load quantumespresso/6.6
srun pw.x < si.scf.in > si.scf.out

The above example requests 32 processes, which is more than needed for the silicon tutorial case. Please be aware that suitable selection of a process count is complicated, but it is your responsibility to choose an efficient number. See also Advanced MPI scheduling.

Known problems[edit]

No pseudopotential files[edit]

There is no system-wide repository of pseudopotentials for Quantum ESPRESSO on our clusters. You must find or create and store your own pseudopotential files.

Segfaults with OpenMPI 3.1.2[edit]

Users have reported random segfaults on Cedar when using Quantum ESPRESSO versions compiled for OpenMPI 3.1.2 in single-node jobs (shared memory communication). These issues seem not to happen with other versions of OpenMPI. If you experience such problems, first try to use an OpenMPI 2.1.1-based toolchain. For example:

[name@server ~]$ module load gcc/5.4.0
[name@server ~]$ module load openmpi/2.1.1
[name@server ~]$ module load quantumespresso/6.3

Parameter error in Grimme-D3[edit]

Incorrect results may be obtained when running Grimme-D3 with the element barium (Ba). The error comes from an incorrect value for one of the coefficients for barium, specifically, the r2r4 parameter in the source code file dft-d3/core.f90. The correct value should be 10.15679528, not 0.15679528. The error has been confirmed by the QE developers to exist in all versions from 6.2.1 to 7.1. [2]