NWChem is an ab initio computational chemistry software package which includes quantum chemical and molecular dynamics functionality.[1][2][3][4] It was designed to run on high-performance parallel supercomputers as well as conventional workstation clusters. It aims to be scalable both in its ability to treat large problems efficiently, and in its usage of available parallel computing resources. NWChem has been developed by the Molecular Sciences Software group of the Theory, Modeling & Simulation program of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The early implementation was funded by the EMSL Construction Project.

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Developer(s)Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Stable release
7.0.2 / October 13, 2020
Operating systemLinux, FreeBSD, Unix and like operating systems, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X
TypeComputational Chemistry
LicenseEducational Community License 2.0



  1. ^ Aprà, E.; Bylaska, E. J.; de Jong, W. A.; Govind, N.; Kowalski, K.; Straatsma, T. P.; Valiev, M.; van Dam, H. J. J.; Alexeev, Y.; Anchell, J.; Anisimov, V. (2020-05-14). "NWChem: Past, present, and future". The Journal of Chemical Physics. 152 (18): 184102. arXiv:2004.12023. doi:10.1063/5.0004997. hdl:10023/23151. ISSN 0021-9606. PMID 32414274.
  2. ^ Valiev, M.; Bylaska, E.J.; Govind, N.; Kowalski, K.; Straatsma, T.P.; Van Dam, H.J.J.; Wang, D.; Nieplocha, J.; Aprà, E.; Windus, T. L.; De Jong, W. A. (2010). "NWChem: A comprehensive and scalable open-source solution for large scale molecular simulations". Computer Physics Communications. 181 (9): 1477–1489. Bibcode:2010CoPhC.181.1477V. doi:10.1016/j.cpc.2010.04.018.
  3. ^ Kendall, Ricky A.; Aprà, Edoardo; Bernholdt, David E.; Bylaska, Eric J.; Dupuis, Michel; Fann, George I.; Harrison, Robert J.; Ju, Jialin; Nichols, Jeffrey A.; Nieplocha, Jarek; Straatsma, T. P.; Windus, Theresa L.; Wong, Adrian T. (2000). "High performance computational chemistry: an overview of NWChem a distributed parallel application". Computer Physics Communications. 128 (1–2): 260–283. Bibcode:2000CoPhC.128..260K. doi:10.1016/S0010-4655(00)00065-5.
  4. ^ Authors and Contributors listed in version 6.5: E. Apra, E. J. Bylaska, W. A. de Jong, N. Govind, K. Kowalski, T. P. Straatsma, M. Valiev, H. J. J. van Dam, D. Wang, T. L. Windus, J. Hammond, J. Autschbach, K. Bhaskaran-Nair, J. Brabec, K. Lopata, S. Krishnamoorthy, W. Ma, M. Klemm, O. Villa, Y. Chen, V. Anisimov, F. Aquino, S. Hirata, M. T. Hackler, T. Risthaus, M. Malagoli, A. Marenich, A. Otero-de-la-Roza, J. Mullin, P. Nichols, R. Peverati, J. Pittner, Y. Zhao, P.-D. Fan, A. Fonari, R. J. Harrison, M. Dupuis, D. Silverstein, D. M. A. Smith, J. Nieplocha, V. Tipparaju, M. Krishnan, B. E. Van Kuiken, A. Vazquez-Mayagoitia, L. Jensen, M. Swart, Q. Wu, T. Van Voorhis, A. A. Auer, M. Nooijen, L. D. Crosby, E. Brown, G. Cisneros, G. I. Fann, H. Fruchtl, J. Garza, K. Hirao, R. A. Kendall, J. A. Nichols, K. Tsemekhman, K. Wolinski, J. Anchell, D. E. Bernholdt, P. Borowski, T. Clark, D. Clerc, H. Dachsel, M. J. O. Deegan, K. Dyall, D. Elwood, E. Glendening, M. Gutowski, A. C. Hess, J. Jaffe, B. G. Johnson, J. Ju, R. Kobayashi, R. Kutteh, Z. Lin, R. Littlefield, X. Long, B. Meng, T. Nakajima, S. Niu, L. Pollack, M. Rosing, K. Glaesemann, G. Sandrone, M. Stave, H. Taylor, G. Thomas, J. H. van Lenthe, A. T. Wong, Z. Zhang. https://nwchemgit.github.io/Developer_Team.html#authors-and-contributors
  5. ^ Bernholdt, David E.; Harrison, Robert J. (1996). "Large-scale correlated electronic structure calculations: the RI-MP2 method on parallel computers". Chemical Physics Letters. 250 (5–6): 477–484. Bibcode:1996CPL...250..477B. doi:10.1016/0009-2614(96)00054-1.

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Graphical shellsEdit

  • ECCE (official GUI for NWChem), supports input generation, remote submission, analysis, extensive visualization
  • Ascalaph Designer, a free and open source software package for model construction
  • Chemcraft, a proprietary software for visualization and analysis of results