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A small Python wrapper for Quantum Espresso - still in development

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A small Python wrapper for setting up Quantum Espresso input files. More functionality may be added later.

Currently, there is only assumed support for hexagonal close packed (HCP) crystal structures. Support for other structures may be tested but should not be expected.

Note: The calc.create_bash() function (described later) assumes a Torque/PBS structure and sets up script to run in parallel using MPI. It also assumes an already built Quantum Espresso package and that pw.x can be run from the command-line.

For tips on how to install Quantum Espresso on an HPC cluster, go to Espresso Installation.

Behind the Name

Ninia - Coffee Snake

Ninia is a genus of snakes, also known as coffee snakes, that are native to parts of Central and South America. The choice of name is a play on Python and Quantum Espresso.

Example usage:

# Import necessary modules:
from import molecule, add_adsorbate, hcp0001
from ase.visualize import view

# Set up geometry using ASE:
surface = hcp0001('Ru', size=(4, 2, 4), a=2.7059, c=4.2815)
ad = molecule('NH2')
ad.rotate(180, 'x')
add_adsorbate(surface, ad, 2.0, 'hcp')

view(surface, viewer='x3d')  # Specific viewer for use in Jupyter

This will display a view of the geometry we have created. More information about ASE (Atomic Simulation Environment) can be found at their homepage:

Then you can start using ninia to convert this geometry into an input file:

from ninia import relax
calc = relax.Relax(prefix='Ru_test', functional='beef')
# Ninia assumes the current script directory as the input directory
# if none is given.

# This will create both an input (.i) file and bash (.sh) for the geometry above

If you do not specify the prefix and functional during the initialization step, the program will give warnings. Additionally, the pseudopotential directory must be set before the calc.load_geometry() step.

In the calc.set_directories() step, you can set the following directories:

  • The directory to place input and bash files (inputdir)
  • The directory to place output files created by Quantum Espresso (outputdir)
  • The directory that contains pseudopotentials relevant to the calculation (pseudodir)

Note: The output directory, post calculation, will contain wave function files (.wfc) and save directories (.save/). This does not include output files (.out), which will be place in the input directory, unless explicitly changed.

In the calc.set_parameters() step, you can set the following parameters [default]:

  • Plane wave cutoff energy (ecutwfc) [30.0]
  • Plane wave cutoff density (ecutrho) [4*ecutwfc]
  • Convergence threshold (conv_thr) [1e-8]
  • Electron mixing beta (mixing_beta) [0.7]
  • Number of k-points (k_points) [[4, 4, 4, 0, 0, 0]]
  • Functional (functional) [beef]

In the calc.create_job() step, you can set the following parameters [default]:

  • Job type [] (other option
  • Partition/queue [general]
  • Memory used by calculation in GB (memory) [50]
  • Number of CPUs used by calculation (cpus) [8]
  • Walltime allowed for execution in hours (hours) [30]

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