Qbox home page

Welcome to qboxcode.org, home of the Qbox first-principles molecular dynamics code.

Qbox is a C++/MPI scalable parallel implementation of first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) based on the plane-wave, pseudopotential formalism. Qbox is designed for operation on large parallel computers.

Qbox is now available on the GitLab server

It is also available on github at https://github.com/qboxcode

[2019-03-24] Version 1.66.3 is available. This release includes improved atomic charge parameters and self-consistent iteration parameters leading to faster initial ground state calculations. Recent features include the calculation of polarizability in constant or arbitrary external fields, range-separated and HSE hybrid functionals and the BHandHLYP functional, the implementation of the B3LYP functional for spin-polarized systems, calculations of the partial charge/spin in atom-centered spheres, and the option to execute arbitrary commands at regular intervals during MD simulations. Recent features also include simulations in the presence of a constant finite electric field. Optimized Norm-Conserving Vanderbilt (ONCV) pseudopotentials were enabled in version 1.62.3.

The SG15 collection of ONCV pseudopotentials is available at http://www.quantum-simulation.org. The SG15 potentials were optimized to reproduce all-electron calculations with high accuracy. The potentials are described in M. Schlipf and F. Gygi, Comput. Phys. Comm. 196, 36-44 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cpc.2015.05.011.


See online documentation.
The design of Qbox is discussed in the following architecture paper (IBM J. Res. Dev. 52 p.137 (2008)).

Building Qbox

build instructions.

Qbox tools

A set of tools is available for post-processing and visualization of Qbox output.

Qbox output format

Qbox output conforms to the XML Schema described at http://www.quantum-simulation.org. This format is supported by the NOMAD repository https://repository.nomad-coe.eu

Qbox forum

A forum dedicated to questions regarding Qbox installation and use is available at http://fpmd.ucdavis.edu/forum.


Qbox is developed and maintained at the University of California Davis. Development is currently supported by a collaboration with the DOE Midwest Integrated Center for Computational Materials. Previous support was provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under grant DE-SC0008938.