Different scf behavior between serial and parallel ABINIT

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Different scf behavior between serial and parallel ABINIT

Postby htakenaka » Wed Oct 07, 2015 6:00 pm

Dear all,

I am relaxing structures for barium titanate using ABINIT-7.10.4.

When I use serial and parallel ABINIT with npband=4, npfft=2, npkpt=4, and para_kgb=1, the number of scf steps with serial ABINIT is larger than that with parallel ABINIT.
I expected that scf convergence would be identical.

I am wondering that this could be a problem when I built ABINIT or I need to use some input variables.

Could someone please give me instruction?

Best regards,

Hiroyuki Takenaka

ecutsm 0.75
dilatmx 1.1
natom 5
ntypat 3
znucl 56 22 8
typat 1*1 1*2 3*3
nband 28


acell 7.5207394431E+00 7.5207394431E+00 7.7203843581E+00 Bohr
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5.0000000000E-01 0.0000000000E+00 5.1272427177E-01
0.0000000000E+00 5.0000000000E-01 5.1272427177E-01

symmorphi 0
shiftk 0.5 0.5 0.5


ngkpt 4 4 4
occopt 1

pawecutdg 56
ecut 40
ixc 23
nstep 100
kptopt 1
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#optimization
ionmov 2
optcell 2
ntime 200

toldff 1.0d-9
tolmxf 1.0d-8
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Re: Different scf behavior between serial and parallel ABINI

Postby Jordan » Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:13 am

in sequential, the algorithm is the conjugate gradient whereas with parallelization over fft nband and kpt you use lobpcg which use an other scheme.
Therefore you can not expect the same convergence behavior. Indeed, lobpcg might need less SCP steps but each step may be slower.
At convergence, both must give the same ground same.

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Re: Different scf behavior between serial and parallel ABINI

Postby htakenaka » Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:19 pm

Dear Jordan,

Thank you very much.

Just to make sure, I have a question.

The jobs were done with PAWs.
According to log files, wfoptalg = 10, which is standard state by state conjugate gradient algorithm, was used for MPI and serial ABINIT calculations.
While I used "wfoptalg 4" in an input file, ABINIT automatically set wflptalg = 10 in the log file.

Even for wfoptalg = 10, will LOBPCG algorithm be used ?

Best regards,

Hiroyuki Takenaka
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Re: Different scf behavior between serial and parallel ABINI

Postby htakenaka » Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:25 pm

Dear Jordan,

Sorry, I misunderstood my log file in.

LOBPCG algorithm,wfoptalg = 14, was used.

Best regards,

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Re: Different scf behavior between serial and parallel ABINI

Postby htakenaka » Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:47 pm

Dear Jordan,

I carefully looked into log files of serial and MPI runs.

All of their structures are identical at the end of relaxations.

Thank you very much!

Best regards,

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