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LAMMPS (Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator) is a classical molecular dynamics code. LAMMPS has potentials for solid-state materials (metals, semiconductors) and soft matter (biomolecules, polymers), and coarse-grained or mesoscopic systems. It can be used to model atoms or, more generically, as a parallel particle simulator at the atomic, mesoscopic, or continuum scale.


LAMMPS is freely available to all ARCHER2 users.

The centrally installed version of LAMMPS is compiled with all the standard packages included: ASPHERE, BODY, CLASS2, COLLOID, COMPRESS, CORESHELL, DIPOLE, GRANULAR, KSPACE, MANYBODY, MC, MISC, MOLECULE, OPT, PERI, QEQ, REPLICA, RIGID, SHOCK, SNAP, SRD.

We do not install any USER packages. If you are interested in a USER package, we would encourage you to try to compile your own version and we can help out if necessary (see below).


The lammps modules reset the CPU frequency to the highest possible value (2.25 GHz) as this generally achieves the best balance of performance to energy use. You can change this setting by following the instructions in the Energy use section of the User Guide.

Running parallel LAMMPS jobs

LAMMPS can exploit multiple nodes on ARCHER2 and will generally be run in exclusive mode using more than one node.

For example, the following script will run a LAMMPS MD job using 4 nodes (128x4 cores) with MPI only.


#SBATCH --job-name=lammps_test
#SBATCH --nodes=4
#SBATCH --ntasks-per-node=128
#SBATCH --cpus-per-task=1
#SBATCH --time=00:20:00

# Replace [budget code] below with your project code (e.g. t01)
#SBATCH --account=[budget code] 
#SBATCH --partition=standard
#SBATCH --qos=standard

module load lammps

# Ensure the cpus-per-task option is propagated to srun commands

srun --distribution=block:block --hint=nomultithread lmp -i in.test -l out.test

Compiling LAMMPS

The large range of optional packages available for LAMMPS, and opportunity for extensibility, may mean that it is convenient for users to compile their own copy. In practice, LAMMPS is relatively easy to compile, so we encourage users to have a go.

Compilation instructions for LAMMPS on ARCHER2 can be found on GitHub: