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Input parameters for linear-scaling BigDFT

Linear-scaling BigDFT now only accepts the yaml input file format. We therefore require two input files: the usual XYZ coordinates file posinp.xyz, and an input.yaml file containing all the calculation parameters. The yaml input file contains blocks of parameters, some of which are general to cubic-scaling calculations and others which are specific to linear-scaling BigDFT. Here we give an overview of the relevant input parameters, including recommended values for a typical O(N) calculation.


dft :

This block contains the standard DFT input variables. The linear version is also activated here by specifying:

inputpsiid: linear

For post-processing/restart calculations we can also write the support functions to disk by setting:

output_wf: 1

perf :

This block contains some performance and other general variables. The following are recommended for standard O(N) calculations, but can be modified once you are familiar with the code:

store_index: No
ef_interpol_chargediff: 1.0
check_sumrho: 1
check_overlap: 1
check_matrix_compression: No
experimental_mode: Yes
calculate_KS_residue: No
method_updatekernel: 2
purification_quickreturn: Yes
correction_co_contra: Yes
hamapp_radius_incr: 6
mixing_after_inputguess: 1
kappa_conv: 0.1
FOE_restart: 1
foe_gap: True

lin_general :

This block contains the general parameters for the linear scaling version, and will therefore have similar values whether you're using FOE or direct minimization. For all variables, where two values are given this refers to 'low accuracy' iterations (with confining potential) and 'high accuracy' iterations (without confining potential), when only one value is given and the hybrid mode is not activated, the same value is used for both. Some of the important values include nit, the number of outer loop iterations, rpnrm_cv, the outer loop convergence threshold and taylor_older which specifies the approach used to calculate the inverse overlap matrix and related quantities. Some sensible default values are:

hybrid: Yes
nit: 50
rpnrm_cv: 1.0e-12
taylor_order: 1020
max_inversion_error: 5.0e-8
output_mat: 1
output_coeff: 1

lin_basis :

This block contains parameters relating to the generation of support functions. These include the number of basis iterations nit, the DIIS history length idsx. Some sensible default values are:

nit: 8
idsx: 8
deltae_cv: 1.0e-4
alpha_diis: 0.5
alpha_sd: 0.5
nstep_prec: 6
fix_basis: 1.0e-12
correction_orthoconstraint: 0
gnrm_ig: 1.e-1

The following parameters indicate the convergence threshold for the support functions. For medium accuracy:

gnrm_cv: 2.0e-3
min_gnrm_for_dynamic: 4.0e-3

For high accuracy:

gnrm_cv: 1.0e-3
min_gnrm_for_dynamic: 2.0e-3

lin_kernel :

This block contains parameters for the density kernel optimization. The values will depend on the choice of FOE or direct minimization. Important parameters include the choice of approach linear_method, the number of basis iterations nit, the DIIS history length idsx and the density mixing parameter alphamix. In general, the FOE approach is recommended as the default, however when direct access to the KS coefficients is required (e.g. transfer integrals, optimizing LUMO etc.) or for charged systems in cases where charge sloshing occurs with FOE, direct minimization should be used.

Some sensible default values for FOE are:

linear_method: FOE
idsx: 6
eval_range_foe: [-1.0, 1.0]
fscale_foe: 5.0E-002

The suggested values of nit and alphamix depend on the size of the HOMO-LUMO gap. For a system with a small gap:

nit: 6
alphamix: 0.1

For a system with a large gap:

nit: 4
alphamix: 0.2

For direct minimization, we also need to define the number of steps to optimize the coefficients for each update of the kernel and density nstep and the corresponding DIIS history length idsx_coeff. If nstep is set to a very high number this becomes equivalent to the diagonalization approach, whereas for few steps this is similar to mixing the density. For some systems this can become unstable, particularly in charged calculations (where diagonalization and density mixing is also unstable), so use caution when increasing this parameter. In cases where instabilities occur, it is also recommended to revert to steepest descents. Some sensible default values for direct minimization are:

linear_method: DIRMIN
nit: 6
nstep: 2
alphamix: 1.0
idsx: 6
idsx_coeff: 2

lin_basis_params :

This block contains the information specifying the support functions for each atom type. These include the variables for the confining potential ao_confinement and confinement which the code can also calculate automatically. Other variables require some additional explanation:

nbasis: Number of support functions per atom type: usually 4 is sufficient. Exceptions include: H 1, Si 9, Pb 5.

rloc: Localization radius for the support functions (in bohr). Values for medium accuracy: H 5.0; B,C,N,O: 5.5, Si: 6.5, I: 8.0; Pb: 7.5. For high accuracy add about 1.0 bohr. For the best precision, performance convergence tests for each system.

rloc_kernel: Density kernel cutoff in atomic units. This value depends on the HOMO-LUMO gap. Large gaps: 8.0; small gaps: 9.0; even smaller gaps: 10.0. The value must be at least rloc+hamapp_radius_incr*hgrid. The code will adjust it automatically if this condition is not fulfilled.

rloc_kernel_foe: Cutoff for the columns during the matrix vector multiplications, in atomic units. The value must be at least rloc+hamapp_radius_incr*hgrid, otherwise the code will stop (maybe it will adjust it automatically in the future).

Example values for Carbon:

C:
 nbasis: 4
 ao_confinement: -1.0
 confinement: -1.0
 rloc: 5.5
 rloc kernel: 9.0
 rloc kernel foe: 10.0

ig_occupation :

This block specifies the electronic configuration used to initialize the support functions and also the occupation numbers for the input guess inthe cubic version. It is necessary if the number of support functions is different from the electronic configuration specified by the pseudopotential. Example for Silicon:

Si:
 3s: 2.0
 3p: [5/3, 5/3, 5/3]
 5d: [0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 0.0]

If you want to specify only empty_shells, you can use the syntax as for H-Rydberg test:

ig_occupation:
   H: {empty_shells: [p, s]}

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