[Pw_forum] phonon calculations in a spercell of 100 atoms
Lorenzo.Paulatto at impmc.upmc.fr
Mon Feb 13 16:41:04 CET 2012
On Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:36:55 +0100, Elie M <elie.moujaes at hotmail.co.uk>
> Dear all,
> I have two questions:
> (1) I am running phonon calculations on a system of 100 atoms and only
> at the Gamma point! It is really taking a lot of time. It is running in
> the parallel computing mode with a total of 16 processors on 2 nodes and
> still is going slow. Is there a way to speed up things? and is there a
> way to do the whole phonon dispersion in lesser time?
Do not use a supercell? Seriously, phonon calculations are expensive, with
many atoms they are extremely expensive. If you only need the phonons at
the gamma point, it may be faster to get them by finite displacement,
doing 3*nat pw.x ground state calculations.
> (2) If only the phonon frequencies at the Gamma point were calculated ,
> I was wondering what kind of information about the system can one get?
If the supercell is large enough, all the information you need.
Lorenzo Paulatto IdR @ IMPMC/CNRS & Université Paris 6
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