VASP (Vienna Ab initio Simulation Package)

VASP is a complex package for performing ab-initio quantum-mechanical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations using pseudopotentials or the projector-augmented wave method and a plane wave basis set. The approach implemented in VASP is based on the (finite-temperature) local-density approximation with the free energy as variational quantity and an exact evaluation of the instantaneous electronic ground state at each MD time step.

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License and access policy

VASP is a commercial software package that requires a license for all who wants to use it. To get access to the VASP install:

  • Your group must have a valid licence. To acquire a licence, please consult this link:

  • We need to get a confirmation from a VASP representative to confirm that you have access to the license. Your group representative needs to contact the VASP team and ask them to send a confirmation email to to confirm that you have a valid licence.

Once we receive the confirmation email we will add the user in question to the VASP group. Note that we do not anymore support release 4 of the VASP code.


You load the application by typing:

$ module load VASP/<version>

For more information on available versions, type:

$ module avail VASP

About VASP on Fram

For simplicity we have compiled a page on specifics about the VASP install on Fram: files/


When publishing results obtained with the software referred to, please do check the developers web page in order to find the correct citation(s).

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