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Title: ELSI: A unified software interface for Kohn–Sham electronic structure solvers

Abstract

Solving the electronic structure from a generalized or standard eigenproblem is often the bottleneck in large scale calculations based on Kohn–Sham density-functional theory. This problem must be addressed by essentially all current electronic structure codes, based on similar matrix expressions, and by high-performance computation. We here present a unified software interface, ELSI, to access different strategies that address the Kohn–Sham eigenvalue problem. Currently supported algorithms include the dense generalized eigensolver library ELPA, the orbital minimization method implemented in libOMM, and the pole expansion and selected inversion (PEXSI) approach with lower computational complexity for semilocal density functionals. The ELSI interface aims to simplify the implementation and optimal use of the different strategies, by offering (a) a unified software framework designed for the electronic structure solvers in Kohn–Sham density-functional theory; (b) reasonable default parameters for a chosen solver; (c) automatic conversion between input and internal working matrix formats, and in the future (d) recommendation of the optimal solver depending on the specific problem. Comparative benchmarks are shown for system sizes up to 11,520 atoms (172,800 basis functions) on distributed memory supercomputing architectures.

Authors:
 [1]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [3]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [4];  [5];  [1];  [5]; ORCiD logo [6]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [7];  [4];  [6]; ORCiD logo [1]
  1. Duke Univ., Durham, NC (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
  2. Imperial College, London (United Kingdom). Depts. of Materials and Physics
  3. Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Bellaterra (Spain)
  4. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Computational Research Division
  5. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Computational Research Division; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Mathematics
  6. Duke Univ., Durham, NC (United States). Dept. of Mathematics
  7. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Leadership Computing Facility
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1525279
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Computer Physics Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 222; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0010-4655
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING

Citation Formats

Yu, Victor Wen-zhe, Corsetti, Fabiano, García, Alberto, Huhn, William P., Jacquelin, Mathias, Jia, Weile, Lange, Björn, Lin, Lin, Lu, Jianfeng, Mi, Wenhui, Seifitokaldani, Ali, Vázquez-Mayagoitia, Álvaro, Yang, Chao, Yang, Haizhao, and Blum, Volker. ELSI: A unified software interface for Kohn–Sham electronic structure solvers. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2017.09.007.
Yu, Victor Wen-zhe, Corsetti, Fabiano, García, Alberto, Huhn, William P., Jacquelin, Mathias, Jia, Weile, Lange, Björn, Lin, Lin, Lu, Jianfeng, Mi, Wenhui, Seifitokaldani, Ali, Vázquez-Mayagoitia, Álvaro, Yang, Chao, Yang, Haizhao, & Blum, Volker. ELSI: A unified software interface for Kohn–Sham electronic structure solvers. United States. doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2017.09.007.
Yu, Victor Wen-zhe, Corsetti, Fabiano, García, Alberto, Huhn, William P., Jacquelin, Mathias, Jia, Weile, Lange, Björn, Lin, Lin, Lu, Jianfeng, Mi, Wenhui, Seifitokaldani, Ali, Vázquez-Mayagoitia, Álvaro, Yang, Chao, Yang, Haizhao, and Blum, Volker. Mon . "ELSI: A unified software interface for Kohn–Sham electronic structure solvers". United States. doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2017.09.007. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1525279.
@article{osti_1525279,
title = {ELSI: A unified software interface for Kohn–Sham electronic structure solvers},
author = {Yu, Victor Wen-zhe and Corsetti, Fabiano and García, Alberto and Huhn, William P. and Jacquelin, Mathias and Jia, Weile and Lange, Björn and Lin, Lin and Lu, Jianfeng and Mi, Wenhui and Seifitokaldani, Ali and Vázquez-Mayagoitia, Álvaro and Yang, Chao and Yang, Haizhao and Blum, Volker},
abstractNote = {Solving the electronic structure from a generalized or standard eigenproblem is often the bottleneck in large scale calculations based on Kohn–Sham density-functional theory. This problem must be addressed by essentially all current electronic structure codes, based on similar matrix expressions, and by high-performance computation. We here present a unified software interface, ELSI, to access different strategies that address the Kohn–Sham eigenvalue problem. Currently supported algorithms include the dense generalized eigensolver library ELPA, the orbital minimization method implemented in libOMM, and the pole expansion and selected inversion (PEXSI) approach with lower computational complexity for semilocal density functionals. The ELSI interface aims to simplify the implementation and optimal use of the different strategies, by offering (a) a unified software framework designed for the electronic structure solvers in Kohn–Sham density-functional theory; (b) reasonable default parameters for a chosen solver; (c) automatic conversion between input and internal working matrix formats, and in the future (d) recommendation of the optimal solver depending on the specific problem. Comparative benchmarks are shown for system sizes up to 11,520 atoms (172,800 basis functions) on distributed memory supercomputing architectures.},
doi = {10.1016/j.cpc.2017.09.007},
journal = {Computer Physics Communications},
issn = {0010-4655},
number = C,
volume = 222,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {1}
}