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General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure Systems (GAMESS) is a software application for simulating molecular quantum chemistry, allowing users to calculate various molecular properties and dynamics.

GAMESS can perform several general computational chemistry calculations, including the Hartree-Fock method, density functional theory (DFT), generalized valence bond (GVB), and multi-configurational self-consistent field (MCSCF). Correlation corrections after these self-consistent field (SCF) calculations can be estimated by configuration interaction (CI), second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), and coupled-cluster (CC) theory. Solvent effect can be considered using quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics through discrete effective fragment potentials or continuum models (such as the polarizable continuum model [PCM]). Relativistic corrections can be calculated, including third-order Douglas-Kroll scalar terms.Visit GAMESS site for more info.


A site license for GAMESS is available at no cost to both academic and industrial users, and more information can be found on the license page.

You have the option to download the source code and install GAMESS on bare-metal or pull and run the GAMESS container from NVIDIA GPU Cloud.

Installing applications in a high performance computing (HPC) environment can be challenging. Containers let you run the application without installing it on the system, making it easy to deploy the most recent version of the application while optimizing performance.

Running GAMESS through containers is very straightforward and can be set up in minutes.


Once you pull the GAMESS container from NGC, there are two ways to run it.

  • Run GAMESS in detached mode from the nvidia-docker run command.
  • Start the container in interactive mode and run the GAMESS container interactively within the container.

1. Running GAMESS in Detached Mode

For example, to run the benchmarked RI-MP2 Valinomycin simulations in detached mode, execute the following command:

nvidia-docker run -v $(pwd):/results --rm -c "cd /workspace/examples && rungms cc-h2co.inp"

2. Running GAMESS in Interactive Mode

nvidia-docker run -v $(pwd):/results --rm -it
cd /workspace/examples

Note that any simulation will have the following output:

$ [Running input $JOB on $NCPUS node(s) with $NGPUS gpu(s)]
$ [Run completed]

Upon completion, a logfile will be written to /results/ (container) and the present working directory $(pwd) (host) and will contain all simulation data.

3. Running a Simulation with Your Own Input Deck

You can provide your own input decks by mapping /path/to/your_workspace on your host machine to /mnt/workspace in the container. See below for an example of how to do this with an interactive session:

$ nvidia-docker run -v /path/to/your_workspace:/mnt/workspace -v /path/to/resultsdir:/results --rm -it

The run-script assumes the file structure below for your own jobs:






To run a job using your own data, you’ll have to navigate to /path/to/your_workspace before running rungms:

$ cd /mnt/your_workspace

$ rungms your_input.inp


This section shows typical performance of a GAMESS container on GPU-accelerated systems.

Gamess Run 10X Faster on Pascal GPUs
Gamess Run 10X Faster on Volta GPUs


The GAMESS container is optimized and tested for reliability to run on NVIDIA® Pascal™- and NVIDIA Volta-powered systems with NVIDIA CUDA® 9 or newer. GAMESS and all the HPC application containers available on NVIDIA GPU Cloud can run on the following systems:

  • Workstation: Powered by NVIDIA Titan V and x86 CPU
  • NVIDIA® DGX™ Systems
  • HPC cluster with Pascal/Volta GPUs, CUDA 9, x86 CPU
  • Cloud (AWS, Google Cloud Platform and more)