Quantum chemistry in parallel with PQS

Department of Chemistry, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland
Journal of Computational Chemistry (Impact Factor: 3.84). 07/2008; 30(2):317 - 335. DOI: 10.1002/jcc.21052

ABSTRACT This article describes the capabilities and performance of the latest release (version 4.0) of the Parallel Quantum Solutions (PQS) ab initio program package. The program was first released in 1998 and evolved from the TEXAS program package developed by Pulay and coworkers in the late 1970s. PQS was designed from the start to run on Linux-based clusters (which at the time were just becoming popular) with all major functionality being (a) fully parallel; and (b) capable of carrying out calculations on large-by ab initio standards-molecules, our initial aim being at least 100 atoms and 1000 basis functions with only modest memory requirements. With modern hardware and recent algorithmic developments, full accuracy, high-level calculations (DFT, MP2, CI, and Coupled-Cluster) can be performed on systems with up to several thousand basis functions on small (4-32 node) Linux clusters. We have also developed a graphical user interface with a model builder, job input preparation, parallel job submission, and post-job visualization and display. (c) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Comput Chem, 2008.

  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We have developed a new module for higher-order correlated methods up to coupled-cluster singles and doubles with perturbative triples (CCSD(T)). The matrix-matrix operations through the DGEMM routine were pursued for a number of contractions. This code was then incorporated into the ABINIT-MPX program for the fragment molecular orbital (FMO) calculations. Intra-fragment processings were parallelized with OpenMP in a node-wise fashion, whereas the message passing interface (MPI) was used for the fragment-wise parallelization over nodes. Our new implementation made the FMO-based higher-order calculations applicable to realistic proteins. We have performed several benchmark tests on the Earth Simulator (ES2), a massively parallel computer. For example, the FMO-CCSD(T)/6-31G job for the HIV-1 protease (198 amino acid residues)–lopinavir complex was completed in 9.8 h with 512 processors (or 64 nodes). Another example was the influenza neuraminidase (386 residues) with oseltamivir calculated at the full fourth-order Møller–Plesset perturbation level (MP4), of which job timing was 10.3 h with 1024 processors. The applicability of the methods to commodity cluster computers was tested as well.
    Theoretical Chemistry Accounts 10/2011; 130(2-3). · 2.14 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: To determine local chirality driven conformational preferences of small aminocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid derivatives, X-(ACBA) n -Y, their matrix-isolation IR spectra were recorded and analyzed. For the very first time model systems of this kind were deposited in a frozen (~10 K) noble gas matrix to reduce line width and thus, the recorded sharp vibrational lines were analyzed in details. For cis-(S,R)-1 monomer two "zigzag" conformers composed of either a six or an eight-membered H-bonded pseudo ring was identified. For trans-(S,S)-2 stereoisomer a zigzag of an eight-membered pseudo ring and a helical building unit were determined. Both findings are fully consistent with our computational results, even though the relative conformational ratios were found to vary with respect to measurements. For the dimers (S,R,S,S)-3 and (S,S,S,R)-4 as many as four different cis,trans and three different trans,cis conformers were localized in their matrix-isolation IR (MI-IR) spectra. These foldamers not only agree with the previous computational and NMR results, but also unambiguously show for the first time the presence of a structure made of a cis,trans conformer which links a "zigzag" and a helical foldamer via a bifurcated H-bond. The present work underlines the importance of MI-IR spectroscopy, applied for the first time for triamides to analyze the conformational pool of small biomolecules. We have shown that the local chirality of a β-amino acid can fully control its backbone folding preferences. Unlike proteogenic α-peptides, β- and especially (ACBA) n type oligopeptides could thus be used to rationally design and influence foldamer's structural preferences.
    Amino Acids 07/2013; · 3.91 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: A systematic computational study of four-membered cyclic ketene –O,O–, –O,S–, –O,N–, –S,N– and –N,N-acetals as well as their protonated analogs have been performed at the second order Möller Plesset level with a polarized triple zeta basis set. The main purpose of this study was to make predictions about the nucleophilicity of these systems and the variations in nucleophilicity with the hetero atoms. Our calculations suggest that all six target molecules are good nucleophiles, and that the N,N analog is the strongest and the S,S analog the weakest nucleophile. Our results include molecular geometries, bond lengths, proton affinities, vibrational frequencies, and calculated charges.
    Structural Chemistry 04/2011; 23(2). · 1.77 Impact Factor