Chemical Engineering & Chemistry

Updates to Oakley Application Software - September 2015

OSC is refreshing the software stack on Oakley on September 15, 2015 (during the scheduled downtime); something we have not done since Oakley entered service in 2012. During the software refresh, some default versions are updated to be more up-to-date and some older versions are removed. Information about the old and new default versions, as well as all available versions of each software package will be included on the corresponding OSC software webpage. See


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. More information can be found from here.

Cambridge Structural Database


The Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) contains complete structure information on hundreds of thousands of small molecule crystals. The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) is a suite of programs for CSD search and analysis. The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre Home Page has additional information.


Several versions of the software package are available at OSC. Search for csd in this list:

module avail csd

Quantum Espresso

Quantum ESPRESSO is a program package for ab-initio molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and electronic structure calculations.  It is based on density-functional theory, plane waves, and pseudopotentials.


The Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator (LAMMPS) is a classical molecular dynamics code designed for high-performance simulation of large atomistic systems.  LAMMPS generally scales well on OSC platforms, provides a variety of modeling techniques, and offers GPU accelerated computation.


Gaussian is the most popular general purpose electronic structure program. Its latest version, g09, can perform density functional theory, Hartree-Fock, Möller-Plesset, coupled-cluster, and configuration interaction calculations among others. Geometry optimizations, vibrational frequencies, magnetic properties, and solution modeling are available. It performs well as black-box software on closed-shell ground state systems.


The Assisted Model Building with Energy Refinement (AMBER) package contains many molecular simulation programs targeted at biomolecular systems. A wide variety of modelling techniques are available. It generally scales well on modest numbers of processors, and the GPU enabled CUDA programs are very efficient.


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