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LAMMPS Documentation

29 Jul 2014 version

Version info:

The LAMMPS "version" is the date when it was released, such as 1 May 2010. LAMMPS is updated continuously. Whenever we fix a bug or add a feature, we release it immediately, and post a notice on this page of the WWW site. Each dated copy of LAMMPS contains all the features and bug-fixes up to and including that version date. The version date is printed to the screen and logfile every time you run LAMMPS. It is also in the file src/version.h and in the LAMMPS directory name created when you unpack a tarball, and at the top of the first page of the manual (this page).

LAMMPS stands for Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator.

LAMMPS is a classical molecular dynamics simulation code designed to run efficiently on parallel computers. It was developed at Sandia National Laboratories, a US Department of Energy facility, with funding from the DOE. It is an open-source code, distributed freely under the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL).

The primary developers of LAMMPS are Steve Plimpton, Aidan Thompson, and Paul Crozier who can be contacted at sjplimp,athomps,pscrozi at sandia.gov. The LAMMPS WWW Site at http://lammps.sandia.gov has more information about the code and its uses.


The LAMMPS documentation is organized into the following sections. If you find errors or omissions in this manual or have suggestions for useful information to add, please send an email to the developers so we can improve the LAMMPS documentation.

Once you are familiar with LAMMPS, you may want to bookmark this page at Section_commands.html#comm since it gives quick access to documentation for all LAMMPS commands.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Getting started
  3. Commands
  4. Packages
  5. Accelerating LAMMPS performance
  6. How-to discussions
  7. Example problems
  8. Performance & scalability
  9. Additional tools
  10. Modifying & extending LAMMPS
  11. Python interface
  12. Errors
  13. Future and history