ABCluster 1.5 available! Several important improvement:
What can ABCluster do?
Briefly, ABCluster searches the global as well as the local minima of atomic and molecular clusters.
ABCluster is a software developed by Jun Zhang to perform the global optimization of atomic and molecular clusters with the so-called "atificial bee colony" (ABC) algorithm. ABC is an unbiased, population-based, swarm-intelligence global optimization algorithm. The software searches the global minimum of a cluster by mimicing the foraging behavior of honey bee colonies. Don't worry if you are not familiar with it, since ABCluster is a black-box software, you can perform a global optimization readily without any knowledge about heuristic algorithms. Therefore you can completely focus on the chemical problem!
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Copyright and disclaimer
ABCluster is Copyright © 2015-2017 Jun Zhang. ABCluster is free of charge to non-profit academic use. The use of ABCluster in commercial packages is not allowed without a prior written commercial license agreement.
The following codes used by ABCluster have special restrictions:
libLBFGS is the C realization of the limited-memory Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno (L-BFGS) method. It is Copyright © 2002-2014 Naoaki Okazaki. libLBFGS is distributed under the term of the MIT license.
Boost is a set of C++ libraries. It is Copyright © 2004-2006 Joe Coder. Boost is distributed under the Boost Software License, Version 1.0.
When you use ABCluster in your work, I will appreciate you if you can cite the following publications:
Zhang, J.; Dolg, M. ABCluster: The Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm for Cluster Global Optimization. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 24173-24181.
Zhang, J.; Dolg, M. Global Optimization of Rigid Molecular Clusters by the Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2016, 18, 3003-3010.
Get source codes
ABCluster is written in standard C++ (with some third-party C codes) thus can be complied in all platforms. You can get the source codes free of charge for non-profit academic use. Please contact Jun Zhang for the source codes.
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