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Developer's Manual for
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1 Introduction

Important notice: due to the lack of time and of manpower, this manual is only partially updated and may contain outdated information.

1.1 Who should read (and who should write) this guide

The intended audience of this guide is everybody who wants to:

The same category of people should also write this guide, of course.

1.2 Who may read this guide but will not necessarily profit from it

People who want to know about the capabilities of QUANTUM ESPRESSO, or who want just to use it, should read the User Guide instead of (or in addition to) this guide. In addition to the general User Guide, there are also package-specific guides.

People who want to know about the methods or the physics behind QUANTUM ESPRESSO should read first the relevant literature (some pointers in the User Guide).

1.3 How to contribute to QUANTUM ESPRESSO as a user

You can contribute to a better QUANTUM ESPRESSO, even as an ordinary user, by:

2 QUANTUM ESPRESSO as a distribution

QUANTUM ESPRESSO is not organized as a monolithic code, but rather as a distribution (integrated suite) of ``packages'', with varying degrees of integration, that can be installed on demand, or sometimes independently. There is a ``shell'' structure, with at the center the core distribution, including

Note that some libraries are downloaded on demand from the web during the installation of the core distribution. Then comes a shell of additional packages, that can be downloaded and installed from the core distribution using make: All these packages use routines from the core distribution. Note that

There is then a shell of external packages, which typically read data produced by QUANTUM ESPRESSO but do not need it to work. Some of them (notably Yambo, Wannier90, WanT) can be automatically downloaded and installed from the core distribution using make.

Finally there are plugins: these modify QUANTUM ESPRESSO packages, adding new functionalities. Currently the following plugins are available:

3 How to become a developer

If you want to get involved as a developer and contribute serious or nontrivial stuff (or even simple and trivial stuff), you should first of all register on, following the instructions.

3.1 About

Important notice: will be upgraded in the next months with new hardware and software. Some of the following pieces of information may become obsolete. is the portal for QUANTUM ESPRESSO developers, contributors, and for anybody else wanting to develop a project in the field of atomistic simulations. provides for each project a repository, mailing lists, a wiki, upload space, a bug tracking facility, various other tools that are useful for developers.

Once you have obtained an account (please follow the instructions and introduce yourself when you register: the site administrator has to be sure that you are a real person!) you may open your own project, retaining all rights on it (including the right not to release anything): at the end of the "projects" page, click on the link "add new project", fill the form (note that the Unix name given to the project cannot be modified). You have the choice between a repository using CVS, SVN, git, others. Please don't even think using CVS (obsolete), prefer git (it is easier to move the repository).

You may as well register as a developer in an existing project: go to the project page, click on button ''Request to become a developer'' under the ''Activity'' graph on the top of the column at the right, to obtain the permission from the administrator of the project (please contact the project administratior by mail!).

You need to register your SSH keys in order to have read-write access the repository (if you have such permissions). Generate keys on your work machine if you haven't already, using command ssh-keygen -t rsa. The keys are typically found in file .ssh/id-rsa.public. Then

  1. login to your account
  2. click on My stuff (menu on top line)
  3. click on My account (menu on the left)
  4. click on Edit SSH Keys, add your keys (be careful not to add blanks, breaks, etc.).


Currently QUANTUM ESPRESSO uses the following development tools:

Everybody is encouraged to explore other capabilities of

All QUANTUM ESPRESSO developer are strongly invited to subscribe to the two mailing lists q-e-developers and q-e-commits. Those who don't, lose i) the opportunity to follow what is going on, ii) the right to complain if something has gone into a direction they don't like. Note that subscription to mailing lists is not automatic when you register: you should subscribe using the links in Please also consider subscribing to the bug tracker: select the "Tracker" item on the left, then select "Bugs", then click on "Start monitoring". You will receive an e-mail every time a bug is filed.

3.3 Contributing new developments

Various procedures can be followed to contribute new developments. It is possible to contribute:

The ideal procedure depends upon the kind of project you have in mind.

As a rule: if you plan to release your work in the public release, you should always keep your work aligned to the current development version of QUANTUM ESPRESSO. This is especially important if your project

Modifying the latest stable version is not a good idea. Modifying an old stable version is an even worse idea. New code based on old versions will invariably be obsolete after a few months, very obsolete after a few years. Experience shows that new projects may take a long time before reaching a public release, and that the major stumbling block is the alignment to the newer QUANTUM ESPRESSO distribution.

The sole exception is when your changes are either relatively small, or localized to a small part of QUANTUM ESPRESSO, or they are quite independent anyway from the rest of QUANTUM ESPRESSO. In that case, you can just send a patch or the modified routine(s) to an expert developer who will review it and take the appropriate steps.

Notice: the development model of QUANTUM ESPRESSO has undergone significant changes between releases 5.3 and 5.4. Since v.5.4, only package maintainers and a few expert developers are allowed to commit into the main ("trunk") SVN repository. Only ``safe'' changes can be committed: the repository should always be at or close to production status. SVN branches are discouraged: experience shows that too many branches are never merged.

Due to various qe-forge.orglimitations and a change in access policy, anonymous SVN access is also disabled. People who need to regularly access to a development version may use the link to the "Daily Snapshot" on the web site.

People who need to stay aligned to the development of QUANTUM ESPRESSObut they do not contribute directly into the code can use a mirrored version of the repository done using git, available on Please apply for an account on the portal if you haven't one (see Sect.3.1 for details) then contact support[.at.] for authorization (remember to explain what you need and why). Once the access is set, tadd a public SSH key on QE-FORGE and then check out the repository using this command:

   git clone ssh://

This repository is only for pull operation and it is "one-way" repository, meaning it is kept automatically aligned by a script with the SVN repository. Committing into this GIT mirror does not produce a commit in the SVN. See Sect.12, ``Using git'', for more instructions on how to use git.

If your project involves a major new addition (e.g. a new package), consider registering it as a new qe-forge.orgproject, with a separate SVN or (better) git repository. It is possible to keep the project private, or to restrict access to selected QUANTUM ESPRESSOdevelopers.

Important: if you closely develop to QUANTUM ESPRESSOthen keep your copy of the distribution aligned to the SVN. Don't work for years, or even for months, without keeping an eye to what is going on in the SVN or in the mirrored GIT repository. This is especially true for projects that are ``tightly bound'' to QUANTUM ESPRESSO, that is, use QUANTUM ESPRESSO code and routines. Frequently update your copy (using command svn update or git pull), verify if changes made meanwhile by other developers conflict with your changes. Conflicts are in most cases easy to solve: see Sect. 11.2 for hints on how to remove conflicts and on how to figure out what went wrong.

If instead your project is ``loosely coupled'', that is, it just uses the QUANTUM ESPRESSO installation procedure and/or data files, it is less likely to run into problems, since major incompatible changes are quite rare. You may still need to verify from time to time that everything keeps working. though.

3.4 Hints, Caveats, Do's and Dont's for developers

3.5 Guidelines for reporting bugs

4 Stable releases and development cycle

Stable releases (until v.5.4) are labelled as N.M.p, where N=major, M=minor, p=bugfix. The logic goes more or less as follows: It may be convenient to make a SVN branch at release N.M.0: this allows to go on with the development while keeping track of bug fixes.

Since release 5.2 (June 20, 2015), stable release are packaged at fixed dates. The initial schedule is a release every three to four months. Since v.5.4 bugfix releases are no longer packaged.

Releases are stored to Given the size of the complete distribution, the release is split into a ``core'' distribution and ``add-ons'', additional packages, that can be downloaded and installed on demand from the core distribution. ``External'' packages can be independently released, as long as there is no compatibility problem.

The automatic downloading of packages is implemented in file install/plugins_makefile and configured in file install/plugins_list. For independently released packages, it is sufficient to update links. For add-ons packages, not contained in the core distribution, there is however a catch-22: the core distribution must know the link to all packages it downloads, but these are known only after such packages are uploaded to (and the only way to discover the exact link is to go over the released package with the mouse). The workaround is that the core distribution looks for generic names, written in file install/plugins_list. These names are translated by into specific names. After all packages have been uploaded, file /var/lib/gforge/archives/index.php, residing on, must be edited and links updated. This requires system privileges on the machine hosting Preparing a release

When the release date approaches, development of new stuff is temporarily stopped: nothing new or potentially ''dangerous'' is added, and all attention is dedicated to fix bugs and to stabilize the distribution. This manual and the user manual have to be updated.

Edit the script dev-tools/ to make tarballs. Updating web site

After the release is uploaded to, the online documentation must be copied to directory /var/www/quantum_wp_db/wordpress-3.1.4/wp-content/uploads/Doc on the web site (this requires system privileges on the machine hosting the web server).

5 Structure of the distribution

Since v.5, the directory structure of QUANTUM ESPRESSO reflects its organization into packages. Each package is stored into a specific subdirectory. In addition, there is a set of directories, common to all packages, containing common code, libraries, installation utilities, general documentation.

Common files and directories in the espresso/ directory are:

   install/                 configure
   archive/                 Makefile
   dev-tools/               License
   pseudo/                  README
   Doc/                     environment_variables
   clib/                    bin/
   Modules/                 LR_Modules/
   COUPLE/                  upftools/
Apart from License and README whose meaning is obvious, the other files and directories are related to

The core distribution also contains the three package-specific directories PW/, PP/, CPV/, for PWscf, PostProc, CP, respectively. Typical subdirectory structure of a directory containing a package (e.g. PW/):

Note that:

5.1 Installation Mechanism

Let us review the files related to compilation and linking:

install/: documentation and utilities for compilation and linking
configure: wrapper for install/configure script
.inc: produced by configure, contains machine-specific compilation and linking options
Makefile: contains dependencies and targets used by command make.
include/: files to be included into sources, to be pre-processed.
./configure options cleans executbales, runs install/configure, produces file .inc. See Sec.5.1.2 for some details on how to change the behavior of configure.

make target checks for dependencies, recursively goes into subdirectories executing make again. The behavior of make is thus determined by many Makefile's in the various directories. The most important files are Makefile's in the directories containing sources, e.g. Modules/Makefile, PW/src/Makefile.

Dependencies of Fortran files are contained in make.depend files in each source directory. These files must be updated if you change the sources, running script install/ or using command make depend.

This file is produced by configure using the template in install/ and contains all system-specific information on The .inc file is included into all Makefile's, using the corresponding syntax. The best documentation for the .inc file is the file itself. Note that if you want to change something or to add more documentation into this file, you may need to modify the template file install/ Makefile

The top-level Makefile contains the instructions to download, unpack, compile and link what is required. Sample contents (comments in italic):
Contains machine- and QUANTUM ESPRESSO-specific definitions
default :
   @echo 'to install, type at the shell prompt:'
If no target specified, ask for one, giving a list of possibilities
pw : bindir mods liblapack libblas libs libiotk libenviron
    if test -d PW ; then \
    ( cd PW ; $(MAKE) TLDEPS= all || exit 1) ; fi
Target pw: first check the list of dependencies bindir mods ... etc., do what is needed; then go into PW/ and give command make all. Note the use of exit 1, which is required to forward the exit status of the sub-directory make to this makefile, since the section in parenthesis is run in a subshell and the if / fi block will otherwise ``hide'' its the return status and make will continue in case of errors.
neb : bindir mods libs pw
    ( cd install ; $(MAKE) -f plugins_makefile $@ || exit 1 )
Target neb: do all of the above, then go into directory install/ where make neb using plugins_makefile as Makefile will check if NEB is there, download from the network if not, compile and link it
libblas : touch-dummy
     cd install ; $(MAKE) -f extlibs_makefile $@
Target libblas: this is an external library, that may or may not be needed, depending upon what is written in If needed, go into directory install/ where make libblas using extlibs_makefile as Makefile will check if BLAS are there, download from the network if not, compile and build the library PW/Makefile

Second-level Makefile contains only targets related to a given subdirectory or package. Sample contents:
sinclude ../
default : all
all: pw pwtools
    ( cd src ; $(MAKE) all || exit 1 )

pwtools: pw
    ( cd tools ; $(MAKE) all || exit 1 )

Target pw: go into src/ if it exists, and (apart from make wizardry) give command make pw. It is important to note that pwtools has to depend on pw or else this makefile will break when calling parallel make using make -j# Other targets are quite similar: go into a subdirectory, e.g. Doc/ and 'make something', e.g. make clean. PW/src/Makefile

The most important and most complex Makefile is the one in the source directory. It is also the one you need to modify if you add something.
include ../../
Contains machine- and QUANTUM ESPRESSO-specific definitions
MODFLAGS= $(MOD_FLAG)../../iotk/src $(MOD_FLAG)../../Modules $(MOD_FLAG).\
          $(MOD_FLAG)../../FFTXlib $(MOD_FLAG)../../LAXlib
Location of needed modules; MOD_FLAG is defined in
Object file containing main program (this is actually redundant)
a2fmod.o \
List of objects - add here new objects, or delete from this list. Do not forget the backslash! It ensure continuation of the line
QEMODS=../../Modules/libqemod.a ../../FFTXlib/libqefft.a ../../LAXlib/libqela.a
Objects from Modules/ are available from the above archive. The directory where F95 modules are must also be specified to the compiler!
TLDEPS=bindir mods libs liblapack libblas libenviron
TLDEPS=Top-Level DEPendencieS: a machinery to ensure proper compilation with correct dependencies also if compiling from inside a package directory and not from top level
LIBOBJS = ../../clib/clib.a   ../../iotk/src/libiotk.a
All needed QE-specific libraries
all : tldeps pw.x generate_vdW_kernel_table.x
Targets that will be build - add here new executables
pw.x : $(PWOBJS) libpw.a $(LIBOBJS) $(QEMODS)
     $(LD) $(LDFLAGS) -o $@ \
     $(PWOBJS) libpw.a $(QEMODS) $(LIBOBJS) $(LIBS)
   - ( cd ../../bin; ln -fs ../PW/src/$@ . )
Target pw.x - produces executable with the same name. It also produces a link to the executable in espresso/bin/. Do not forget tabulators even if you do not see them! All variables (introduced by $) are either defined locally in Makefile or imported from
libpw.a : $(PWLIBS)
        $(AR) $(ARFLAGS) $@ $?
        $(RANLIB) $@
This builds the library libpw.a - again, do not forget tabulators
       test -n "$(TLDEPS)" && ( cd ../.. ;
       $(MAKE) $(TLDEPS) || exit 1) || :
second part of the TLDEPS machinery
clean :
    - /bin/rm -f *.x *.o *.a *~ *.F90 *.d *.mod *.i *.L
There should always be a ''clean'' target, removing all compiled (*.o) or preprocessed (*.F90) stuff - compiled F95 modules may have different filenames: the four last items cover most cases
include make.depend
Contains dependencies of objects upon other objects. Sample content of file make.depend (can be produced by install/
a2fmod.o : ../../Modules/io_global.o
a2fmod.o : ../../Modules/ions_base.o
a2fmod.o : ../../Modules/kind.o
a2fmod.o : pwcom.o
a2fmod.o : start_k.o
a2fmod.o : symm_base.o
tells us that the listed objects must have been compiled prior to compilation of a2fmod.o - make will take care of this.

BEWARE: the Makefile system is in a stable but delicate equilibrium, resulting from many years of experiments on many different machines. Handle with care: what works for you may break other cases.

5.1.1 Preprocessing

Fortran-95 source code contains preprocessing option with the same syntax used by the C preprocessor cpp. Most F95 compilers understand preprocessing options -D ... or some similar form. Some compilers however do not support or do not implement properly preprocessing. In this case the preprocessing is done using cpp. Normally, configure takes care of this, by selecting the appropriate rule @f90rule@ below, in this section of file

and producing the appropriate file .inc.

Preprocessing is useful to

Use with care and only when needed. See file include/defs.README for a list of preprocessing options. Please keep that list updated.

Note: include/f_defs.h is obsolete and must not be used any longer.

The following capabilities of the C preprocessor are used:

In order to make preprocessing options easy to see, preprocessing variables should start with two underscores, as __expression in the above example. Traditionally ''preprocessed'' variables are also written in uppercase. Please use #if defined (XXX), not #if defined XXX or #ifdef XXX.

5.1.2 How to edit the configure script

The configure script is generated from its source file by the GNU autoconf utility ( Don't edit configure directly: whenever it gets regenerated, your changes will be lost. Instead, go to the install/ directory, edit and/or files install/mt/*.m4, then run autoconf to regenerate configure. If you want to keep the old configure, make a copy first.

GNU autoconf is installed by default on most Unix/Linux systems. If you don't have it on your system, you'll have to install it. You will need a recent version (e.g. v.2.65) of autoconf, because our file uses recent syntax. is a regular Bourne shell script (i.e., "sh" - not csh!), except that:

capitalized names starting with "AC_" are autoconf macros. Normally you shouldn't have to touch them.
square brackets are normally removed by the macro processor. If you need a square bracket (that should be very rare), you'll have to write two.

You may refer to the GNU autoconf Manual for more info. is the source file for .inc, that configure generates: you might want to edit that file as well. The generation procedure is as follows: if contains the macro "AC_SUBST(name)", then every occurrence of "@name@" in the source file will be substituted with the value of the shell variable "name" at the point where AC_SUBST was called.

Similarly, configure.msg is generated from this file is only used by configure to print its final report, and isn't needed for the compilation. We did it this way so that our configure may also be used by other projects, just by replacing the QUANTUM ESPRESSO-specific by your own.

configure writes a detailed log of its operation to config.log. When any configuration step fails, you may look there for the relevant error messages. Note that it is normal for some checks to fail.

5.1.3 How to add support for a new architecture

In order to support a previously unsupported architecture, first you have to figure out which compilers, compilation flags, libraries etc. should be used on that architecture. In other words, you have to write a .inc that works: you may use the manual configuration procedure for that (see the User Guide). Then, you have to modify configure so that it can generate that .inc automatically.

To do that, you have to add the case for your architecture in several places throughout

  1. Detect architecture

    Look for these lines:

      if test "$arch" = ""
              case $host in
                      ia64-*-linux-gnu )      arch=ia64   ;;
                      x86_64-*-linux-gnu )    arch=x86_64 ;;
                      *-pc-linux-gnu )        arch=ia32   ;;
    Here you must add an entry corresponding to your architecture and operating system. Run config.guess to obtain the string identifying your system. For instance on a PC it may be "i686-pc-linux-gnu", while on IBM SP4 "powerpc-ibm-aix5.1.0.0". It is convenient to put some asterisks to account for small variations of the string for different machines of the same family. For instance, it could be "aix4.3" instead of "aix5.1", or "athlon" instead of "i686"...

  2. Select compilers

    Look for these lines:

      # candidate compilers and flags based on architecture
      case $arch in
      ia64 | x86_64 )
      ia32 )
      aix )

    Add an entry for your value of $arch, and set there the appropriate values for several variables, if needed (all variables are assigned some reasonable default value, defined before the "case" block):

    - "try_f90" should contain the list of candidate Fortran 90 compilers, in order of decreasing preference (i.e. configure will use the first it finds). If your system has parallel compilers, you should list them in "try_mpif90".

    - "try_ar", "try_arflags": for these, the values "ar" and "ruv" should be always fine, unless some special flag is required (e.g., -X64 With sp4).

    - you should define "try_dflags" if there is any preprocessing option specific to your machine: for instance, on IBM machines, "try_dflags=-D__AIX" . A list of such flags can be found in file include/defs.h.README.

    You shouldn't need to define the following: - "try_iflags" should be set to the appropriate "-I" option(s) needed by the preprocessor or by the compiler to locate *.h files to be included; try_iflags="-I../include" should be good for most cases

    For example, here's the entry for IBM machines running AIX:

       aix )
            try_mpif90="mpxlf90_r mpxlf90"
            try_f90="xlf90_r xlf90 $try_f90"
            try_arflags="-X64 ruv"
            try_arflags_dynamic="-X64 ruv"
            try_dflags="-D__AIX -D__XLF"
    The following step is to look for both serial and parallel fortran compilers:
      # check serial Fortran 90 compiler...
            # check parallel Fortran 90 compiler
      echo setting F90... $f90
      echo setting MPIF90... $mpif90
    A few compilers require some extra work here: for instance, if the Intel Fortran compiler was selected, you need to know which version because different versions need different flags.

    At the end of the test,

    - $mpif90 is the parallel compiler, if any; if no parallel compiler is found or if -disable-parallel was specified, $mpif90 is the serial compiler

    - $f90 is the serial compiler

    Next step: the choice of (serial) C and Fortran 77 compilers. Look for these lines:

      # candidate C and f77 compilers good for all cases
      try_cc="cc gcc"
      case "$arch:$f90" in
      *:f90 )
    Here you have to add an entry for your architecture, and since the correct choice of C and f77 compilers may depend on the fortran-90 compiler, you may need to specify the f90 compiler as well. Again, specify the compilers in try_cc and try_f77 in order of decreasing preference. At the end of the test,

    - $cc is the C compiler

    - $f77 is the Fortran 77 compiler, used to compile *.f files (may coincide with $f90)

  3. Specify compilation flags.

    Look for these lines:

      # check Fortran compiler flags
      case "$arch:$f90" in
      ia64:ifort* | x86_64:ifort* )
      ia64:ifc* )
    Add an entry for your case and define:

    - "try_fflags": flags for Fortran 77 compiler.

    - "try_f90flags": flags for Fortran 90 compiler. In most cases they will be the same as in Fortran 77 plus some others. In that case, define them as "$(FFLAGS) -something_else".

    - "try_fflags_noopt": flags for Fortran 77 with all optimizations turned off: this is usually "-O0". These flags used to be needed to compile flib/dlamch.f; likely obsolete

    - "try_ldflags": flags for the linking phase (not including the list of libraries: this is decided later).

    - "try_ldflags_static": additional flags to select static compilation (i.e., don't use shared libraries).

    - "try_dflags": must be defined if there is in the code any preprocessing option specific to your compiler (for instance, -D__INTEL for Intel compilers). Define it as "$try_dflags -D..." so that pre-existing flags, if any, are preserved.

    - if the Fortran 90 compiler is not able to invoke the C preprocessor automatically before compiling, set "have_cpp=0" (the opposite case is the default). The appropriate compilation rules will be generated accordingly. If the compiler requires that any flags be specified in order to invoke the preprocessor (for example, "-fpp " - note the space), specify them in "pre_fdflags".

    For example, here's the entry for ifort on Linux PC:

      ia32:ifort* )
              try_fflags="-O2 -tpp6 -assume byterecl"
              try_f90flags="\$(FFLAGS) -nomodule"
              try_fflags_noopt="-O0 -assume byterecl"
              try_dflags="$try_dflags -D__INTEL"
              pre_fdflags="-fpp "
    Next step: flags for the C compiler. Look for these lines:
      case "$arch:$cc" in
      *:icc )
      *:pgcc )
    Add an entry for your case and define:

    - "try_cflags": flags for C compiler.

    - "c_ldflags": flags for linking, when using the C compiler as linker. This is needed to check for libraries written in C, such as FFTW.

    - if you need a different preprocessor from the standard one ($CC -E), define it in "try_cpp".

    For example for XLC on AIX:

      aix:mpcc* | aix:xlc* | aix:cc )
              try_cflags="-q64 -O2"
    Finally, if you have to use a nonstandard preprocessor, look for these lines:
      echo $ECHO_N "setting CPPFLAGS... $ECHO_C"
      case $cpp in
            cpp) try_cppflags="-P -traditional" ;;
            fpp) try_cppflags="-P"              ;;
    and set "try_cppflags" as appropriate.

  4. Search for libraries

    To instruct configure to search for libraries, you must tell it two things: the names of libraries it should search for, and where it should search.

    The following libraries are searched for:

    - BLAS or equivalent. Some vendor replacements for BLAS that are supported by QUANTUM ESPRESSO are:

    MKL on Linux, 32- and 64-bit Intel CPUs
    ACML on Linux, 64-bit AMD CPUs
    ESSL on AIX
    SCSL on sgi altix
    SUNperf on sparc
    Moreover, ATLAS is used over BLAS if available.

    - LAPACK or equivalent. Some vendor replacements for LAPACK are supported by QUANTUM ESPRESSO, e.g.: Intel MKL, IBM ESSL

    - FFTW (version 3) or another supported FFT library (e.g Intel DFTI, IBM ESSL)

    - the IBM MASS vector math library

    - an MPI library. This is often automatically linked by the compiler

    If you have another replacement for the above libraries, you'll have to insert a new entry in the appropriate place.

    This is unfortunately a little bit too complex to explain. Basic info:
    "AC_SEARCH_LIBS(function, name, ...)" looks for symbol "function" in library "libname.a". If that is found, "-lname" is appended to the LIBS environment variable (initially empty). The real thing is more complicated than just that because the "-Ldirectory" option must be added to search in a nonstandard directory, and because a given library may require other libraries as prerequisites (for example, Lapack requires BLAS).

5.2 Libraries

Subdirectory clib/ contains libraries written in C (*.c). There are currently two different ways to ensure that fortran can call C routines. The new and recommanded way uses the fortran-95 intrinsic iso_c_binding module. See Modules/wrappers.f90 for inspiration and examples. Reference documentation can be found for instance here:

The old way uses macros in C routines:

  1. F77_FUNC (func,FUNC) for function func, not containing underscore(s) in name
  2. F77_FUNC_(f_nc,F_NC) for function f_nc, containing underscore(s) in name
These macros are defined in file include/c_defs.h, included by all *.c files, and are automagically generated by configure. The goal of these macros is to choose the correct case (lowercase or uppercase, the latter probably obsolete) and the correct number of underscores. See file include/defs.h.README for more info.

6 Algorithms

6.1 G vectors and plane waves

``G vectors are generated in the ggen subroutine in Modules/recvec_subs.f90. You may also have a look at routine PW/src/n_plane_waves.f90 to understand how things work. In general, G vectors are determined by the condition

$\displaystyle {\hbar^2 G^2 \over 2m_e}$$\displaystyle \le$E$\scriptstyle \rho$c = 4Ewc (1)
(without the k point; the code always uses Rydberg atomic units unless otherwise specified). This is a sphere in reciprocal space centered around (0,0,0).

Concerning each orbital corresponding to a specific k point, you use the condition

$\displaystyle {\hbar^2 ({\bf k}+{\bf G})^2 \over 2m_e}$$\displaystyle \le$Ewc (2)
In this case the G vectors are a subset of the vectors used for the density and form a sphere in reciprocal space shifted from the origin. Depending on k you can have a different set of G vectors included in the sphere and also their number could differ.

In order to manage the G vectors for each k-point, you can use the arrays ngk (number of G vectors for each k-point) and igk_k (index of G corresponding to a given index of k + G; basically an index that allows you to identify the G vectors corresponding to a given k and order them).

For example the kinetic energy corresponding to a given k-point ik is

 g2kin(1:ngk(ik)) = ( ( xk(1,ik) + g(1,igk_k(1:ngk(ik),ik)) )**2 + &
                      ( xk(2,ik) + g(2,igk_k(1:ngk(ik),ik)) )**2 + &
                      ( xk(3,ik) + g(3,igk_k(1:ngk(ik),ik)) )**2 ) * tpiba2
where tpiba2 = (2$ \pi$/a)2.

There is only one FFT for the wavefunctions so the grid does not depend upon the k-points; however, for a given wavefunction, only the components corresponding to a G vector that satisfy $ \hbar^{2}_{}$($ \bf k$+$ \bf G$)2/2me$ \le$Ewc are different from 0'' (adapted from an answer by Dario Rocca).

6.2 Gamma tricks

In calculations using only the $ \Gamma$ point (k=0), the Kohn-Sham orbitals can be chosen to be real functions in real space, so that $ \psi$(G) = $ \psi^{*}_{}$(- G). This allows us to store only half of the Fourier components. Moreover, two real FFTs can be performed as a single complex FFT. The auxiliary complex function $ \Phi$ is introduced: $ \Phi$(r) = $ \psi_{j}^{}$(r) + i$ \psi_{{j+1}}^{}$(r) whose Fourier transform $ \Phi$(G) yields

$ \psi_{j}^{}$(G) = $ {\Phi(G) + \Phi^*(-G)\over 2}$,$ \psi_{{j+1}}^{}$(G) = $ {\Phi(G) - \Phi^*(-G)\over 2i}$.

A side effect on parallelization is that G and - G must reside on the same processor. As a consequence, pairs of columns with Gn'1, n'2, n'3 and G-n'1,-n'2, n'3 (with the exception of the case n'1 = n'2 = 0), must be assigned to the same processor.

6.3 Restart

The two main packages, PWscf and CP, support restarting from interrupted calculations, Restarting is trivial in CP: it is sufficient to save from time to time a restart file containing wavefunctions, orthogonality matrix, forces, atomic positions, at the current and previous time step.

Restarting is much more complicated in PWscf. Since v.5.1. restarting from interrupted calculations is possible ONLY if the code has been explicitly stopped by user. It is not practical to try to restart from any possible case, such as e.g. crashes. This would imply saving lots of data all the time. With modern machines, this is not a good idea. Restart in PWscf currently works as follows:

As of April 2013 only the electronic loop is organized ths way. Loops on nuclear positions will be organized in the same manner once their re-organization is completed. To be done:

7 Format of arrays containing charge density, potential, etc.

The index of arrays used to store functions defined on 3D meshes is actually a shorthand for three indices, following the FORTRAN convention ("leftmost index runs faster"). An example will explain this better. Suppose you have a 3D array psi(nr1x,nr2x,nr3x). FORTRAN compilers store this array sequentially in the computer RAM in the following way:
        psi(   1,   1,   1)
        psi(   2,   1,   1)
        psi(nr1x,   1,   1)
        psi(   1,   2,   1)
        psi(   2,   2,   1)
        psi(nr1x,   2,   1)
        psi(nr1x,nr2x,   1)
Let ind be the position of the (i,j,k) element in the above list: the following relation
        ind = i + (j - 1) * nr1x + (k - 1) *  nr2x * nr1x
holds. This should clarify the relation between 1D and 3D indexing. In real space, the (i,j,k) point of the FFT grid with dimensions nr1 ($ \le$nr1x), nr2 ($ \le$nr2x), , nr3 ($ \le$nr3x), is

rijk = $\displaystyle {\frac{{i-1}}{{nr1}}}$$\displaystyle \tau_{1}^{}$ + $\displaystyle {\frac{{j-1}}{{nr2}}}$$\displaystyle \tau_{2}^{}$ + $\displaystyle {\frac{{k-1}}{{nr3}}}$$\displaystyle \tau_{3}^{}$

where the $ \tau_{i}^{}$ are the basis vectors of the Bravais lattice. The latter are stored row-wise in the at array: $ \tau_{1}^{}$ = at(:, 1), $ \tau_{2}^{}$ = at(:, 2), $ \tau_{3}^{}$ = at(:, 3).

The distinction between the dimensions of the FFT grid, (nr1,nr2,nr3) and the physical dimensions of the array, (nr1x,nr2x,nr3x) is done only because it is computationally convenient in some cases that the two sets are not the same. In particular, it is often convenient to have nrx1=nr1+1 to reduce memory conflicts.

8 Parallelization (MPI)

In MPI parallelization, a number of independent processes are started on as many processors, communicating via calls to MPI libraries (the code will work even with more than one process per processor, but this is not a smart thing to do). Each process has its own set of variables and knows nothing about other processes' variables. Variables that take little memory are replicated on all processors, those that take a lot of memory (wavefunctions, G-vectors, R-space grid) are distributed.

8.1 General rules

Calls to MPI libraries should be confined to a few selected places, not scattered everywhere into the source code. The vast majority of parallel operations consist either in broadcasts from one processor to all others, or in global operations: parallel sums and transpose. All you need is the MPI communicator (plus the ID of the root processor for broadcasts), and the appropriate call to wrapper routines, contained in espresso/Modules/mp.f90 and espresso/Modules/mp_base.f90. For instance: mp_sum is a wrapper to mpi_reduce, mp_bcast to mpi_bcast.

For efficiency reasons (latency is very significant), performing many parallel operations on a small amount of data each must be avoided. If you can, store a sizable amount of data and transmit it in a single MPI call. An example of REALLY BAD code:

   COMPLEX, ALLOCATABLE :: wfc(:,:), swfc(:,:)
   ALLOCATE (wfc(npwx,m),swfc(npwx,m))
   DO i=1,m
      DO j=1,m
         ps = zdotc(npw,wfc(1,i),1,swfc(1,j)1)
         CALL mp_sum(ps,intra_bgrp_group)
      END DO
MUCH better code, both for serial and parallel speed:
   COMPLEX, ALLOCATABLE :: ps(:,:), wfc(:,:), swfc(:,:)
   ALLOCATE (ps(m,m), wfc(npwx,m),swfc(npwx,m))
   CALL zgemm ('c', 'n', m, m, npw, (1.d0, 0.d0), wfc, &
               npwx, swfc, npwx, (0.d0, 0.d0), ps, m)
   CALL mp_sum(ps,intra_bgrp_group)

8.1.1 Preprocessing for parallel usage

Calls to MPI libraries require variables contained into a mpif.h file that is usually absent on serial machines. In order to prevent compilation problems on serial machines, the following rules must be followed:

8.2 Parallelization levels and communicators

mp_world.f90 is the module containing all processors on which QE is running. world_comm is the communicator between all such processors. In QE, its usage should be confined to parallel environment initialization. It should not be used in source code, unless this is used only by stand-alone executables that perform simple auxiliary tasks and do not allow for multiple parallelization levels. Unless QE is started from an external code, world_comm will in practice coincides with MPI_WORLD_COMM.

mp_image.f90 is the module containing information about ``image" parallelization, i.e. division into quasi-independent similar calculations, each taking care of a different set of atomic positions (NEB, PWscf) or of different irreps/phonon wavevectors (PHonon). intra_image_comm is the communicator between processors of the same image (most of the action will happen here); inter_image_comm is the communicator between processors belonging to different images (should be used only when communication between images is necessary). intra_image_comm and world_comm coincide if there is just one image running.

mp_pools.f90 is the module containing information about k-point (``pool") parallelization. intra_pool_comm is the communicator between processors working on the same group (``pool") of k-points; inter_pool_comm is the communicator between different k-point pools. Note that:

\framebox{$\sum_{\bf k}\equiv$\ sum over local {\bf k}-points +
{\tt mp\_sum} on {\tt inter \_pool\_comm}}
intra_pool_comm and intra_image_comm coincide if there is just one k-point pool.

mp_bands.f90 is the module containing information about band parallelization. intra_bgrp_comm is the communicator between processors of the same group of bands; inter_band_comm is the communicator between processors belonging to different groups of bands. Note that band parallelization is currently implemented only in CP and for hybrid functionals in PW. When a sum over all bands is needed:

\framebox{$\sum_i\equiv$\ sum over local bands + {\tt mp\_sum} on
{\tt inter\_bgrp\_comm}}
intra_bgrp_comm and intra_pool_comm coincide if there is just one band group.

Plane waves ( $ \bf k$ + $ \bf G$ or $ \bf G$ vectors up to the specified kinetic energy cutoff) are distributed across processors of the intra_bgrp_comm communicators. Sums over all plane waves or G-vectors (as e.g. in scalar products $ \langle$$ \phi_{i}^{}$|$ \phi_{j}^{}$$ \rangle$) should be performed as follows:

\framebox{$\sum_{\bf G} \equiv$\ {\tt mp\_sum} on {\tt intra\_bgrp\_comm}}
The same holds for real-space FFT's grid.

8.3 Tricks and pitfalls

8.4 Data distribution

Quantum ESPRESSO employ arrays whose memory requirements fall into three categories.

9 File Formats

9.1 Data file(s)

QUANTUM ESPRESSO restart file specifications: Paolo Giannozzi scripsit AD 2005-11-11, Last modified by Andrea Ferretti 2006-10-29

9.1.1 Rationale

Requirements: the data file should be

Solutions: Integration with other packages:

9.1.2 General structure

Format name: QEXML
Format version: 1.4.0

The "restart file" is actually a "restart directory", containing several files and sub-directories. For CP/FPMD, the restart directory is created as "$prefix_$ndw/", where $prefix is the value of the variable "prefix". $ndw the value of variable ndw, both read in input; it is read from "$prefix_$ndr/", where $ndr the value of variable ndr, read from input. For PWscf, both input and output directories are called "$".

The content of the restart directory is as follows:

data-file.xml          which contains:
                       - general information that doesn't require large data set:
                         atomic structure, lattice, k-points, symmetries,
                         parameters of the run, ...
                       - pointers to other files or directories containing bulkier
                         data: grids, wavefunctions, charge density, potentials, ...

charge_density.dat     contains the charge density
spin_polarization.dat  contains the spin polarization (rhoup-rhodw) (LSDA case)
magnetization.y.dat    contain the spin polarization along x,y,z
magnetization.z.dat    (noncollinear calculations)
lambda.dat             contains occupations (Car-Parrinello dynamics only)
mat_z.1                contains occupations (ensemble-dynamics only)

<pseudopotentials>     A copy of all pseudopotential files given in input

<k-point dirs>         Subdirectories K00001/, K00002/, etc, one per k-point.
Each k-point directory contains:
    evc.dat                wavefunctions for spin-unpolarized calculations, OR
    evc2.dat               spin-up and spin-down wavefunctions, respectively,
                           for spin polarized (LSDA) calculations;
    gkvectors.dat          the details of specific k+G grid;
    eigenval.xml           eigenvalues for the corresponding k-point
                           for spin-unpolarized calculations, OR
    eigenval1.xml          spin-up and spin-down eigenvalues,
    eigenval2.xml          for spin-polarized calculations;
in a molecular dynamics run, also wavefunctions at the preceding time step:
    evcm.dat               for spin-unpolarized calculations OR
    evcm2.dat              for spin polarized calculations;

9.1.3 Structure of file "data-file.xml"

XML Header: whatever is needed to have a well-formed XML file

Body: introduced by <Root>, terminated by </Root>. Contains first-level tags
      only. These contain only other tags, not values. XML syntax applies.

First-level tags: contain either
     second-level tags, OR
     data tags:   tags containing data (values for a given variable), OR
     file tags:   tags pointing to a file
data tags syntax ( [...] = optional ) :
      <TAG type="vartype" size="n" [UNIT="units"] [LEN="k"]>
      values (in appropriate units) for variable corresponding to TAG:
      n elements of type vartype (if character, of length k)
where TAG describes the variable into which data must be read;
"vartype" may be "integer", "real", "character", "logical";
if type="logical", LEN=k" must be used to specify the length of the variable character; size="n" is the dimension.
Acceptable values for "units" depend on the specific tag.

Short syntax, used only in a few cases:

      <TAG attribute="something"/> .
For instance:
      <FFT_GRID nr1="NR1" nr2="NR2" nr3="NR3"/>
defines the value of the FFT grid parameters nr1, nr2, nr3 for the charge density

9.1.4 Sample

 <?xml version="1.0"?>
 <?iotk version="1.0.0test"?>
 <?iotk file_version="1.0"?>
 <?iotk binary="F"?>
These are meant to be used only by iotk (actually they aren't)

First-level tags:

  - <HEADER>         (global information about fmt version)
  - <CONTROL>        (miscellanea of internal information)
  - <STATUS>         (information about the status of the CP simulation)
  - <CELL>           (lattice vector, unit cell, etc)
  - <IONS>           (type and positions of atoms in the unit cell etc)
  - <SYMMETRIES>     (symmetry operations)
  - <ELECTRIC_FIELD> (details for an eventual applied electric field)
  - <PLANE_WAVES>    (basis set, cutoffs etc)
  - <SPIN>           (info on spin polarizaztion)
  - <MAGNETIZATION_INIT>     (info about starting or constrained magnetization)
  - <OCCUPATIONS>    (occupancy of the states)
  - <BRILLOUIN_ZONE> (k-points etc)
  - <PARALLELISM>    (specialized info for parallel runs)
  - <TIMESTEPS>      (positions, velocities, nose' thermostats)
  - <BAND_STRUCTURE_INFO>    (dimensions and basic data about band structure)
  - <EIGENVALUES>    (eigenvalues and related data)
  - <EIGENVECTORS>   (eigenvectors and related data)

* Tag description

     <FORMAT>    (name and version of the format)
     <CREATOR>   (name and version of the code generating the file)

     <PP_CHECK_FLAG>    (whether file is complete and suitable for post-processing)
     <LKPOINT_DIR>      (whether kpt-data are written in sub-directories)
     <Q_REAL_SPACE>     (whether augmentation terms are used in real space)
     <BETA_REAL_SPACE>  (whether projectors are used in real space, not implemented)

  <STATUS>  (optional, written only by CP)
     <STEP>   (number $n of steps performed, i.e. we are at step $n)
     <TIME>   (total simulation time)
     <TITLE>  (a job descriptor)
     <ekin>   (kinetic energy)
     <eht>    (hartree energy)
     <esr>    (Ewald term, real-space contribution)
     <eself>  (self-interaction of the Gaussians)
     <epseu>  (pseudopotential energy, local)
     <enl>    (pseudopotential energy, nonlocal)
     <exc>    (exchange-correlation energy)
     <vave>   (average of the potential)
     <enthal> (enthalpy: E+PV)

     <CELL_DIMENSIONS>  (cell parameters)

  <MOVING_CELL> (optional, PW only)

     For each $n-th species $X:
     For each atom $n of species $X:
        <ATOM.$n SPECIES="$X" INDEX=nt tau=(x,y,z) if_pos=...>

  <SYMMETRIES> (optional, PW only)
     For each symmetry $n:
     For the remaining bravais symmetries:

  <ELECTRIC_FIELD>  (optional, sawtooth field in PW only))

    <G-VECTORS_FILE>       link to file "gvectors.dat"


     For each species X:

     if <NON_LOCAL_DF>
     if <DFT_D2>
     if <XDM>

  if hybrid functional

     if gaussian smearing
     if use tetrahedra
        for each tetrahedron $t
     if using fixed occupations
        if lsda

     For each k-point $n:
     For each starting k-point $n:
        <K-POINT_START.$n> kx, ky, kz, wk


      link to file "charge_density.rho"

  <TIMESTEPS>  (optional)
     For each time step $n=0,M


     For all kpoint $n:
             <DATAFILE>                  link to file "./K$n/eigenval.xml"

     For all kpoint $n:
             <GK-VECTORS>                link to file "./K$n/gkvectors.dat"
             for all spin $s
                <WFC.$s>                 link to file "./K$n/evc.dat"
                <WFCM.$s>                link to file "./K$n/evcm.dat" (optional)
                                         containing wavefunctions at preceding step

9.2 Restart files

10 Modifying/adding/extending QUANTUM ESPRESSO

10.1 Programming style (or lack of it)

There are currently no strict guidelines for developers. You should however follow at least the following loose ones:

10.2 Adding or modifying input variables

New input variables should be added to ''Modules/input_parameters.f90'', then copied to the code internal variables in the ''input.f90'' subroutine. The namelists and cards parsers are in ''Modules/read_namelists.f90'' and ''Modules/read_cards.f90''. Files ''input_parameters.f90'', ''read_namelists.f90'', ''read_cards.f90'' are shared by all codes, while each code has its own version of ''input.f90'' used to copy input values into internal variables

EXAMPLE: suppose you need to add a new input variable called ''pippo'' to the namelist control, then:

  1. add pippo to the input_parameters.f90 file containing the namelist control
                  INTEGER :: pippo = 0
                  NAMELIST / control / ....., pippo
    Remember: always set an initial value!

  2. add pippo to the control_default subroutine (contained in module read_namelists.f90 )
                   subroutine control_default( prog )
                  IF( prog == 'PW' ) pippo = 10
                  end subroutine
    This routine sets the default value for pippo (can be different in different codes)

  3. add pippo to the control_bcast subroutine (contained in module read_namelists.f90 )
                    subroutine control_bcast( )
                    call mp_bcast( pippo, intra_image_comm )
                    end subroutine

11 Using SVN

QUANTUM ESPRESSOis maintained in a Subversion (SVN) repository. Developers can have read-write access when needed, read-only otherwise. Note that the latest (development) version may occasionally not work properly: carefully verify the results before using it in production work.

Subversion, also known as SVN, is a software that allows many developers to work and maintain a single copy of a software in a central location (repository). It is installed by default on many Unix machines, or otherwise it can be very easily installed. For the end user, SVN is rather similar to CVS: if no advanced features are used, the basic commands are the same. More information on SVN can be found here:

Current organization:

Follow the instructions in, under `Access Info'', to check out (i.e. download) the SVN repository. The distribution will appear in directory trunk/espresso/. Branches (i.e. sub-versions) will appear as separate directories.

Important notice: since v.5.3 the SVN repository is no longer accessible read-only to everybody.

11.1 SVN operations

To update the code to the current version:

  svn update
in the directory containing the distribution. To see the difference between the current version and your modified copy:
  svn diff
To save your modified version into the repository: (read-write access only):
  svn commit
Please explain in a few words what your commit is about! Use option -m"comment" or the editor of your choice (set it using the SVN_EDITOR environment variable). If you want to add a new file, or a new directory, before commiting give command
  svn add
To remove a file/directory (if empty):
  svn delete
You can move a file (a directory, a group of files, ...) into a different directory using command
  svn mv dir1/file1 [dir1/file2 ...] dir2/
or, if you prefer to make a copy of the file, retaining the history:
svn cp svn+ssh:// svn+ssh://
then run svn update to have it applied locally. After such operations are done, run the install/ script or type make depend to update files make.depend in the various subdirectories. It is preferrable to commit the moved files/modified directories and the affected Makefiles/make.depend in a single command.

11.2 Removing conflicts

When you update your working copy of the repository, you may encounter two types of conflicts:
  1. Somebody else has changed the same lines that you have modified.
  2. Somebody else has changed something that has broken one or more functionalities of your modified version.
Here we are concerned with kind 1. of conflicts, those that are noticed by SVN and produce, in addition to a message with a "C" in the first column before the conflicting file name: Look into the conflicting section(s): in most cases, conflicts are trivial (format changes, white spaces) or easily solved (the part of the code you were modifying has been moved to another place, or a variable has meanwhilke changed name, for instance). Edit conflicting-file, remove all other copies of conflicting-file.*, commit.

Sometimes, the conflict is not so easy to solve. In this case, you can selectively update your repository at a given date, or at a given revision number, using command (XXXXX=revision number)

  svn update -r XXXXX
You can also select a date, using {"date"} instead of the revision number. In this way you can locate which change(s) is (are) the culprit(s). The web-SVN interface:
will also be very helpful in locating the problem. Of course, communication with other developers will also help. The above paragraph applies as well to case 2. os conflicts, in presence or in absence of explicit SVN conflicts. If the reason for malfunctioning is not evident, you have to figure out when the problem started. Once this is done, itis usually straightforward to figure out why.

11.3 Merging branch and trunk

Let us assume that you have created a branch and that you are working in the directory of your branch. The simplest way to keep it aligned with the trunk is the following command:
  svn merge ^/trunk/espresso
The caret (^) syntax is a shorthand for the entire URL of the trunk. Then you have to remove conflicts that can arise from incompatible changes made in the trunk. Then you can commit your "aligned" branch (beware: the commit message is very large in size if you haven't merged recently; if so, it may never reach the q-e-commits mailing list).

In order to merge a branch back into the trunk, the simplest procedure is to align first the branch with the trunk and commit it, as above; then, in a clean, not locally modified, trunk:

  svn merge --reintegrate ^/branches/my-espresso-branch
then, commit.

Note the following very useful property: SVN can merge anything with anything! The following web page may be useful:

11.4 Including a repository into the trunk

It is possible to download other repositories into the main QUANTUM ESPRESSO repository. Currently, this possibility works for GIPAW and West (for authorized users). From the trunk/ subdirectory (the one containing espresso/), type ``svn propedit svn:externals espresso''. An editor will open. Type the name of the subdirectory of ``espresso/'' where you want the repository to be downloaded, followed by the address of the repository, exit (not quit!) the editor. Currently:

12 Using git

Git is a very populare versioning control system for collaborative development nowadays. The web is full of tutorials and guide about how to use it, covering simple novice concepts to master the most sophisticated functionalities. The following links contain an introduction to git:
Very quick guide to git commands for the impatient: In order to align the local repository to the svn mirror (equivalent to svn update), it is a good idea to use fetch before pull. Then:
git add git commit git merge
In order to save incomplete work and avoid local conflicts, one can use stash:
git stash save (save and remove modified files)
git pull (update files)
git stash apply (overwrite with locally modified files)
The stash can be cleared using git clear. A few useful commands:
git status
git diff

13 The QUANTUM ESPRESSO test-suite

The QUANTUM ESPRESSO test-suite is used to ensure continuous integration and long-term numerical stability of the code. The test-suite is also used by different Buildbot test-farm to automatically test the code nightly after a commit to the SVN qe-forge repository has been detected.

Two currently (2017) active test-farm can be accessed:

13.1 How to add tests for a new executable

Let us take the example of adding a new test for the TDDFPT module.

This script extracts the physical quantities from the output and parse it in a format for the script. The script need to contain all the different output you want to parse (for chain calculations). For example, in this case we want to parse the output of pw.x, turbo_lanczos.x and turbo_spectrum.x. It is crucial to add as many parameter to be tested as possible to increase the code coverability.
This bash script contains the paths of the different programs and source the ENVIRONMENT file
You need to edit this file to add all the new tests as well as the new program. You can chain different programs with different output in one test. In this case we added
program = TDDFPT
This means that all the new tests related to TDDFPT must be placed in a folder with a name that starts with tddfpt_. You can also add it to a new category.
This file contains the accepted accuracies for the different physical quantities defined in extract-PROG_NAME.x. You need to add a new section for your program. For the tolerance variable, the first column is the absolute accepted value, the second one is the relative accepted value and the third column contains the name of the physical quantity as defined earlier. Note that you need to add the values for all the code that you intend to test. In our case we need to add variable from pw.x as well (although already defined for other program). To estimate the acceptable tolerance, it is advised to start with very strict tolerance (very low value, e.g. 1d-6 or so) and then make some local tests (for example comparing the results in sequential or in parallel). One can then raise slightly the accepted tolerance.
Create one folder for each new test you want to add following the convention prog_name and test_name. In our case we create a folder name tddfpt_CH4. The folder must contain all the input files, the pseudopotentials that are needed for that test and the reference files. The reference files must have a name that starts with benchmark.out.SVN.inp=. However, the easiest is to run the test suite for that test and the code will tell you what is the name he expects to have. You can then rename your reference output with that name. In our case we will therefore do
make run-custom-test testdir=tddfpt_CH4
We can then rename the output by doing
We now have a reference file for the first step of the calculation. We can do the same for the two other steps.

Once this is done. We can clean all the unwanted files and we should be left with a clean folder that can be committed to the svn repo. In our case the test folder contains the following files:      

It is very important to then re-run the tests in parallel (4 cores) to be sure that the results are within the accepted tolerance.

13.2 How to add tests for an existing executable

You have to create a new folder following the convention prog_name and test_name and then follow the structure outline above. If you want to test new physical quantities, you need to parse them using the script extract-PROG_NAME.x. Finally, the new test should be added in jobconfig.

14 Bibliography

Fortran books:

On-line tutorials: (info courtesy of Goranka Bilalbegovic)

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