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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.

A closely-related program called NWPEsSe, which is more suitable for global optimization of large nanosized clusters, can be obtained from here.

Zhang, J.; Glezakou, V.-A.; Rousseau, R.; Nguyen, M.-T. NWPEsSe: an Adaptive-Learning Global Optimization Algorithm for Nanosized Cluster Systems. 2020, 16, 3947-3958.

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 © 2015-2021 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.

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