[Pw_forum] phonon parallel calculations
Carlo Nervi
carlo.nervi at unito.it
Fri Feb 20 09:19:05 CET 2015
Dear QE developers,
I would like to have your opinion on the procedure I followed in doing
phonon calculations.
I found that the use of nimages on my machine (8 numa zones) greatly
improves the speed of some calculations, but the first (initialization?)
part of the calculation (epsil=.true., i.e. the Electric Fields
Calculation) is much faster when performed without the use of "-ni 8"
switch in ph.x
So, I tested the following procedure and apparently worked for a small test
crystal:
1) pw.x (vc-relax optimization) without using "-ni"
2) scf on the optimized structure containing "wf_collect=.true." and using
"-ni 8"
3) ph.x containing "only_init = .true." and without using "-ni"
This calculate the electric fields
4) duplicate the directory _ph0 and copied to _ph1 ... _ph7 (in output
directory)
5) ph.x containing "recover = .true." and using "-ni 8"
This is the part where I get most of the speedup
6) ph.x of the input used in 5), but now without using "-ni"
This is to collect the partial data and produce the final .out
I would greatly appreciate any comments in understanding if this procedure
is correct.
On a small crystal was working, but on a bigger crystal gave error.
Either the procedure is not completely correct or I have to start to look
for a problem in the RAM...
Thank you,
Carlo
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