Q-Chem

Q-Chem is a general purpose ab initio electronic structure program. Its latest version emphasizes Self-Consistent Field, especially Density Functional Theory, post Hartree-Fock, and innovative algorithms for fast performance and reduced scaling calculations. Geometry optimizations, vibrational frequencies, thermodynamic properties, and solution modeling are available. It performs reasonably well within its single reference paradigm on open shell and excited state systems. The Q-Chem Home Page has additional information.

Availability and Restrictions

Versions

Q-Chem is available on the OSC clusters. These are the versions currently available:

VERSION OAKLEY ruby owens pitzer notes
4.0.1 X       Default version on Oakley prior to 09/15/2015
4.2.1 X        
4.2.2 X        
4.3 X        
4.3.1 X        
4.4 X        
4.4.1  X*  X  X   Default version on Owens and Ruby prior to 09/04/2018
4.4.1-openmp X X X    
5.1   X X    
5.1-openmp   X X    
5.1.1   X* X* X*  
5.1.1-openmp   X X X  
* Current default version

You can use module spider qchem to view available modules for a given machine. Feel free to contact OSC Help if you need other versions for your work.

Access

Q-chem is available to all OSC users;

Publisher/Vendor/Repository and License Type

Q-Chem, Inc., Commercial

Usage

For MPI jobs that request multiple nodes the qchem script must be run from a globally accessible working directory, e.g., project or home directories

Starting with 5.1, QCSCRATCH is automatically set to $TMPDIR which is removed upon the job is completed.  This is for saving scratch space and better job performance. If you need to save Q-Chem scratch files from a job and use them later, set QCSCRATCH to globally accessible working directory and QCLOCALSCR to $TMPDIR.

Usage on Oakley

Set-up on Oakley

Q-Chem usage is controlled via modules. Load one of the Q-Chem modulefiles at the command line, in your shell initialization script, or in your batch scripts. To load the default version of Q-Chem module, use module load qchem. To select a particular software version, use  module load qchem/version. For example, use  module load qchem/4.3 to load Q-Chem version 4.3 on Oakley. 

Examples

  • The root of the Q-Chem directory tree is /usr/local/qchem/ 
  • Example Q-Chem input files are in the samples subdirectory

Batch Usage on Oakley

When you log into oakley.osc.edu you are actually logged into a linux box referred to as the login node. To gain access to the mutiple processors in the computing environment, you must submit your job to the batch system for execution. Batch jobs can request mutiple nodes/cores and compute time up to the limits of the OSC systems. Refer to Queues and Reservations and Batch Limit Rules for more info.  Batch jobs run on the compute nodes of the system and not on the login node. It is desirable for big problems since more resources can be used.

Interactive Batch Session

For an interactive batch session one can run the following command:

qsub -I -l nodes=1:ppn=1 -l walltime=00:20:00

which requests one core (-l nodes=1:ppn=1), for a walltime of 20 minutes (-l walltime=00:20:00). You may adjust the numbers per your need.

Usage on Ruby

Set-up on Ruby

Q-Chem usage is controlled via modules. Load one of the Q-Chem modulefiles at the command line, in your shell initialization script, or in your batch scripts. To load the default version of Q-Chem module, use module load qchem. To select a particular software version, use module load qchem/version. For example, use   module load qchem/4.4.1 to load Q-Chem version 4.4.1 on Ruby. 

Examples

  • The root of the Q-Chem directory tree is /usr/local/qchem/ 
  • Example Q-Chem input files are in the samples subdirectory

Batch Usage on Ruby

When you log into ruby.osc.edu you are actually logged into a linux box referred to as the login node. To gain access to the mutiple processors in the computing environment, you must submit your job to the batch system for execution. Batch jobs can request mutiple nodes/cores and compute time up to the limits of the OSC systems. Refer to Queues and Reservations and Batch Limit Rules for more info.  Batch jobs run on the compute nodes of the system and not on the login node. It is desirable for big problems since more resources can be used.

Interactive Batch Session

For an interactive batch session one can run the following command:

qsub -I -l nodes=1:ppn=1 -l walltime=00:20:00

which requests one core (-l nodes=1:ppn=1), for a walltime of 20 minutes (-l walltime=00:20:00). You may adjust the numbers per your need.

Usage on Owens

Set-up on Owens

Q-Chem usage is controlled via modules. Load one of the Q-Chem modulefiles at the command line, in your shell initialization script, or in your batch scripts. To load the default version of Q-Chem module, use module load qchem. To select a particular software version, use module load qchem/version. For example, use module load qchem/4.4.1 to load Q-Chem version 4.4.1 on Owens. 

Examples

  • The root of the Q-Chem directory tree is /usr/local/qchem/ 
  • Example Q-Chem input files are in the samples subdirectory

Batch Usage on Owens

When you log into owens.osc.edu you are actually logged into a linux box referred to as the login node. To gain access to the mutiple processors in the computing environment, you must submit your job to the batch system for execution. Batch jobs can request mutiple nodes/cores and compute time up to the limits of the OSC systems. Refer to Queues and Reservations and Batch Limit Rules for more info.  Batch jobs run on the compute nodes of the system and not on the login node. It is desirable for big problems since more resources can be used.

Interactive Batch Session

For an interactive batch session one can run the following command:

qsub -I -l nodes=1:ppn=1 -l walltime=00:20:00

which requests one core (-l nodes=1:ppn=1), for a walltime of 20 minutes (-l walltime=00:20:00). You may adjust the numbers per your need.

Usage on Pitzer

Set-up on Pitzer

Q-Chem usage is controlled via modules. Load one of the Q-Chem modulefiles at the command line, in your shell initialization script, or in your batch scripts. To load the default version of Q-Chem module, use module load qchem.

Examples

  • The root of the Q-Chem directory tree is /apps/qchem/ 
  • Example Q-Chem input files are in the samples subdirectory

Batch Usage on Pitzer

When you log into pitzer.osc.edu you are actually logged into a linux box referred to as the login node. To gain access to the mutiple processors in the computing environment, you must submit your job to the batch system for execution. Batch jobs can request mutiple nodes/cores and compute time up to the limits of the OSC systems. Refer to Queues and Reservations and Batch Limit Rules for more info.  Batch jobs run on the compute nodes of the system and not on the login node. It is desirable for big problems since more resources can be used.

Interactive Batch Session

For an interactive batch session one can run the following command:

qsub -I -l nodes=1:ppn=1 -l walltime=00:20:00

which requests one core (-l nodes=1:ppn=1), for a walltime of 20 minutes (-l walltime=00:20:00). You may adjust the numbers per your need.

Further Reading

General documentation is available from the Q-Chem Home page and in the doc subdirectories.

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