Set up


A three-button mouse is also very convenient for using the ADF-GUI, and on a Mac you can use a Magic mouse for this purpose. To get three buttons (instead of the standard one or two), download and install one of the free utilities BetterTouchTool or MagicPrefs, and configure it to add a middle click.

Running Remotely

To use AMSjobs with remote machines, you need to set up ssh first. You should take care to configure things such that you do not need to type a password when you access your remote machine. To do this you need to:

  • create keys,
  • run an ssh agent,
  • add your public key to the authorized_keys file on the remote machine.
  • set up a ssh config file, if needed. This allows you to automatically set options, like the user name to use on the remote machine.

Thus, users (and AMSjobs) should be able to use ssh to log in to the remote machine without ever needing to enter a password.

If you are using OpenSSH (typically on Linux machine or MacOSX) you can make the communication with the remote machine much more efficient by setting the SCM_SSH_MULTIPLEXING environment variable to yes (in the GUI Preferences module).

AMSjobs does not store passwords, it always uses the ssh command to communicate with remote systems.

For more information, consult your ssh documentation or one of the many guides on the internet.

OpenGL3.2+, fallback mode

The GUI needs OpenGL 3.2 or later. Using it results in a much better performance, especially for bigger systems. Also some new graphical features depend on it. That OpenGL version may not be available when you are running on old hardware or OS, or when you are running remotely via X11 with GLX or some remote desktop solutions.

When the GUI detects a problem with the OpenGL version it will automatically activate a fallback option. That will normally just run, but it will be significantly slower, and of course the features depending on OpenGl 3.2 will be missing. We advise that you try to update your system to solve this issue. For remote use of a linux machine a solution could be the use of VirtualGL.

For more details please see the Installation manual.

Font issues

The GUI used unicode characters in many places. For example, the proper characters for Angstrom, degrees Celcius, and many more. You can see examples by starting AMSinput, selecting a Geometry Optimization, and then going to the details page (by clicking the … button). There you should see a couple of Angstrom symbols if everything is working as intended.

On most machines this will just work out of the box. If not, the issue might be that the default font on the machine does not support such characters. Try installing a font line DejaVU Sans and Monospace DejaVu. On Centos you can do this (as root) with the command::

yum install dejavu-sans-fonts dejavu-sans-mono-fonts dejavu-serif-fonts

AMSjobs Queues

Defining proper queues in AMSjobs will making the GUI much easier. For example, you can run as easily on a remote compute cluster that you have access to as on your local desktop. AMSjobs will handle all the details like transferring input and output files, and you can even monitor the progress of running jobs as if they were running on your local machine.

So you should take some time to set up the queues correctly. It is possible that there are predefined queues on your remote machine. Then you can configure AMSjobs to automatically use those queues.You can find a description of the AMSjobs queues and how to set them up later in this manual.


Quantum ESPRESSO is an open source package that can perform plane wave SCF calculations, among other things. See for details.

Quantum ESPRESSO is not included in the ADF distribution. The GUI works with the standard Quantum ESPRESSO distribution (version 6.2), no changes have been made.

The easiest way to install it is just to open AMSinput and go to the Quantum ESPRESSO section. Then it will be installed in $AMSBIN and $AMSHOME/atomicdata for the pseudo potentials, or in "$HOME/Library/Application Support/SCM" (on a mac). The binaries will be in a folder qe6.0, and the pseudo potentials will be in a folder upf_files.

To force installation of Quantum ESPRESSO (for example to re-install it to make sure you have a clean version), use the Help → (Re)Install Quantum ESPRESSO command as available in most of the GUI modules. Another way is to run the $AMSBIN/ shell script.

Alternatively, the precompiled Quantum ESPRESSO binaries are available from the SCM web site.

The search path for Quantum ESPRESSO by the GUI and by the run scripts made by the GUI is:

  1. $QEBIN (and $PSEUDO_DIR for the pseudo potentials)
  2. "$HOME/Libaray/Application Support/SCM"
  3. $AMSBIN (and $AMSHOME/atomicdata for the pseudo potentials)
  4. "/Libaray/Application Support/SCM"

On a mac you can make the Quantum ESPRESSO installation available to all users by moving it from the $HOME/Library/Application Support/SCM folder to the global /Library/Application Support/SCM folder. Obviously all users need proper permissions to access these files.