VASP best practices workshop

In this NSC SNIC-PRACE workshop, including seminars and hands-on sessions, we will consider how to run the Vienna Ab-initio Simulation Package (VASP) efficiently on supercomputers. The workshop is mostly suitable for beginners at different stages and the focus will be on best practices for running VASP calculations. The hands-on part will be done at the Tetralith cluster. Parts of the seminars (to be made available for download) can also be of interest for advanced users.

Place: Online via Zoom
time: 19-20th Oct 2020

>>> Have a look at the quick guide for working on Tetralith well before hands-on <<<


Register at the corresponding PRACE training web page.


The seminars include:

  • basic theory, DFT and PAW-method
  • general introduction to VASP, essential files and parameters, workflow
  • running VASP at HPC centers, CPUs and GPUs (examples from SNIC)
  • performance analysis
  • common issues
  • post-processing tools

The hands-on sessions include:

  • running VASP calculations step-by-step on the Tetralith cluster
  • using ThinLinc virtual desktop for login to Tetralith
  • Q&A

Tentative Schedule

The online workshop takes place 19-20th Oct 2020, with seminars before lunch and hands-on sessions after lunch.

Breaks: Apart from the 1h lunch break for people joining the hands-on sessions, there will be 10-15 min breaks every hour.

Monday 19th Oct
10:00 -11:00 Introduction & Basic Theory
11:00 -12:00 VASP - Basics
12:00 -13:00 L u n c h
13:00 -15:00 Hands-on session (guided)
15:00 -17:00 Hands-on session

Tuesday 20th Oct
10:00 -11:00 Running & Performance
11:00 -12:00 Cont., Utilities & Summary
12:00 -13:00 L u n c h
13:00 -15:00 Hands-on session (guided)
15:00 -17:00 Hands-on session



Seminar 1: Introduction & Basic Theory
Seminar 2: VASP - Basics
Seminar 3: Running & Performance
Seminar 4: Utilities & Summary

Hands-on sessions

Quick guide for working on Tetralith

For the hands-on sessions we will mainly use tutorials and examples from the VASP wiki, together with our own material. Adjustments are done for running on Tetralith, with changes and questions for the present workshop.

fcc Si
fcc Si DOS
fcc Si bandstructure

cd Si
cd Si volume relaxation
cd Si relaxation

fcc Ni
fcc Ni revisited

bandgap Si different methods

Ni100 surface


See notes, questions, answers etc. from the workshop HackMD notes page (slightly formatted).


Weine Olovsson, with helpers Diana Iusan (UPPMAX), Peter Kjellström, Hamish Struthers.


Online seminar via Zoom using HackMD for questions, access links will be sent out to registered participants before the event.

General contact

Phone: +46 (0)73 461 8948 (Weine Olovsson)

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