The Effective Fragment Potential (EFP) method allows one to describe large molecular systems by replacing chemically inert part of a system by a set of Effective Fragments while performing regular ab initio calculation on the chemically active part [1-8]. The LIBEFP library is a full implementation of the EFP method. It allows users to easily incorporate EFP support into their favourite quantum chemistry package.
Detailed description of methods and algorithms can be found in the libefp journal articles:
The EFPMD program is a molecular simulation package based on LIBEFP. It allows
running EFP-only molecular simulations such as geometry optimization and
molecular dynamics. EFPMD is a part of this distribution. See README file in
efpmd directory for more information.
To build LIBEFP from source you need the following:
C compiler (with C99 standard and OpenMP support)
POSIX complaint make (BSD make or GNU make will work)
BLAS/LAPACK libraries (required when linking with libefp)
If you are going to compile EFPMD program (required for tests):
- Fortran 77 compiler
First, copy the configuration file which suits you from
config directory to
the top source code directory. Rename the file to
config.inc and edit it
according to your needs. All available options are explained with comments.
Defaults usually work well but you may need to change the
MYLIBS variable to
link with additional libraries required by your setup. You may also need to add
additional include directories to
MYCFLAGS (using -I flag) or library search
MYLDFLAGS (using -L flag).
To compile issue:
If you only need the library you can use:
To run the test suite (optional) issue:
make check make check-omp # to test OpenMP parallel code make check-mpi # to test MPI parallel code
Finally, to install everything issue:
How to use the library
For the description of the public API functions and structures provided by the library see the "Documentation" section at project's web site http://www.libefp.org/.
How to create custom EFP fragment types
LIBEFP comes with a library of ready-to-use fragments. If you decide to generate custom fragment parameters follow the instructions below.
LIBEFP uses EFP potential files in format generated by GAMESS quantum
chemistry package (see http://www.msg.ameslab.gov/gamess/). A version of GAMESS
from August 11, 2011 is the currently a recommended and tested version. A set
of pre-generated library fragments are available in the
fraglib directory. If
you want to generate parameters for custom fragments you should create GAMESS
makefp job input similar to the
fraglib/makefp.inp file. Using this input
file as a template you can create EFP parameters for arbitrary fragment types.
After you created
.efp file using GAMESS you should rename the fragment by
$FRAGNAME with your name of choice (e.g. rename
For a complete description of EFP data file format consult FRAGNAME section in GAMESS manual (see http://www.msg.ameslab.gov/gamess/).
Information for code contributors
The main design principle for the libefp library is Keep It Simple. All code should be easy to read and to understand. It should be easy to integrate the library into programs written in different programming languages. So the language of choice is C and no fancy OO hierarchies.
Be consistent in coding style when adding new code. Consistency is more important than particular coding style. Use descriptive names for variables and functions. The bigger the scope of the symbol the longer its name should be. Look at the sources and maintain similar style for new code.
As with most quantum chemistry methods EFP can require large amounts of memory. The guideline for developers here is simple: ALWAYS check for memory allocation errors in your code and return
The code is reentrant which means that it is safe to use two different efp objects from two different threads. NEVER use mutable global state as it will break this. Store all mutable data in the efp object.
-Wall -Wextra -Werrorflags to make sure that compilation produces no warnings. Use
make checkto make sure that the code passes test cases.
Fragmentation Methods: A Route to Accurate Calculations on Large Systems. M.S.Gordon, D.G.Fedorov, S.R.Pruitt, L.V.Slipchenko. Chem. Rev. 112, 632-672 (2012).
Effective fragment method for modeling intermolecular hydrogen bonding effects on quantum mechanical calculations. J.H.Jensen, P.N.Day, M.S.Gordon, H.Basch, D.Cohen, D.R.Garmer, M.Krauss, W.J.Stevens in "Modeling the Hydrogen Bond" (D.A. Smith, ed.) ACS Symposium Series 569, 1994, pp 139-151.
An effective fragment method for modeling solvent effects in quantum mechanical calculations. P.N.Day, J.H.Jensen, M.S.Gordon, S.P.Webb, W.J.Stevens, M.Krauss, D.Garmer, H.Basch, D.Cohen. J.Chem.Phys. 105, 1968-1986 (1996).
Solvation of the Menshutkin Reaction: A Rigorous test of the Effective Fragment Model. S.P.Webb, M.S.Gordon. J.Phys.Chem.A 103, 1265-73 (1999).
The Effective Fragment Potential Method: a QM-based MM approach to modeling environmental effects in chemistry. M.S.Gordon, M.A.Freitag, P.Bandyopadhyay, J.H.Jensen, V.Kairys, W.J.Stevens. J.Phys.Chem.A 105, 293-307 (2001).
The Effective Fragment Potential: a general method for predicting intermolecular interactions. M.S.Gordon, L.V.Slipchenko, H.Li, J.H.Jensen. Annual Reports in Computational Chemistry, Volume 3, pp 177-193 (2007).
Water-benzene interactions: An effective fragment potential and correlated quantum chemistry study. L.V.Slipchenko, M.S.Gordon. J.Phys.Chem.A 113, 2092-2102 (2009).
Damping functions in the effective fragment potential method. L.V.Slipchenko, M.S.Gordon. Mol.Phys. 107, 999-1016 (2009).