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ESPResSo 4.0.2 released

This release provides a number of corrections for the Espresso 4.0 line.
We recommend that this release be used for all production simulations.
Please note that a sign error in tabulated interactions was fixed.
Simulation scripts which worked around this problem might have to be changed.
Below, please find the list of changes. The numbers in brackets refer to
ticket numbers on 

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Corrections for bugs that may harm simulation results:

  • A sign error in tabulated interactions was corrected such that
    the force equals the negative gradient of the potential (#2519,2520).
  • The flow field of the CPU lattice-Boltzmann implementation was deleted
    when aspects of the molecular dynamics cell grid were changed; E.g., when
    interactions, the skin or the parallelization setup were changed.
    ESPResSo now terminates with an error, when this happens.
    To avoid this, please setup the CPU lattice-Boltzmann after all
    other aspects of the system. The GPU LB is not affected in the 4.0
    release, but was affected in the current development branch (#2728, #2736).
  • Corrected the force acting on LB Boundaries for the case of
    agrid and density not equal to 1 (#2624).
  • Corrected the cutoff calculation for the soft sphere interaction. In the
    previous implementation, the offset parameter was ignored (#2505).
  • The “three point coupling” of particles to the lattice-Boltzmann method
    has been removed. While it works in most environments, for some compilers
    the calculation gives wrong values. This is likely caused by undefined
    behavior. A corrected implementation is available in
    ESPResSo’s development branch. It cannot be safely backported to 4.0.2,
    because the code has diverged too far (#2516, #2517).
    Users who did not explicitly activate this coupling via couple=”3pt” are
    not affected.
  • The velocity of existing particles was changed when setting or changing
    the simulation time step (#2480).

Further changes:

  • Fixed the electrokinetic Python interface (#2486)
  • Correction to the installation instructions for mac (#2510)
  • Corrected file permissions (#2470)
  • Minor corrections and extensions to the test suite (#2477, #2552)
  • Fixed a dead-lock in the dipolar Barnes Hutt method on the GPU for
    recent NVIDIA cards such as RTX 2080 (#2719).

Invitation to the ESPResSo Summer School 2019

Active, Charged, and Magnetic Soft Matter Simulations with ESPResSo

Oct 7-11, 2019

ICP, University of Stuttgart, Germany


Program (PDF)

Learn to simulate soft matter systems using ESPResSo and Python:

In this school, you have the opportunity to learn to conduct simulations in the fields of statistical physics as well as soft and active matter using the software ESPResSo (  After an introduction to particle-based simulations and the simulation software, a wide range of topics will be covered. These include colloids, polymers, magnetic fluids, and active matter. Lectures will provide an introduction to the physics and simulation model building as well as an overview of the necessary simulation algorithms such as electrostatics and hydrodynamics solvers. During the afternoon, you will practice running your own simulations in hands-on sessions.  Many of the lectures and hands-on sessions will be taught by developers of the software.
The school will also provide a platform for discussion between developers and users about the future of the software. Also, users can get advice on their specific simulation projects.  The final day of the school will be dedicated to research talks on projects that have been conducted using ESPResSo.

Espresso is an open-source particle-based simulation package with a focus on coarse-grained molecular dynamics models. In addition, it offers a wide range of schemes for solving electrostatics and magnetostatics, hydrodynamics, electrokinetics, as well as algorithms for active matter, rigid bodies, and chemical reactions. ESPResSo consists of an MPI parallelized simulation core written in C/C++ and a scripting interface in Python. This allows for good interoperability with other scientific and visualization tools for Python.

Attendance to the summer school is free. Unfortunately, we cannot offer travel stipends. We recommend that you book your accommodation early, since there is a fair (Canstatter Volksfest) at the same time. We have blocked a few inexpensive rooms in Stuttgart. If you are interested, please contact Henriette Patzelt (

Online Documentation

We are switching from the document based User Guide  to a Online Documentation with examples, development instructions and cross references to the python interface code.

Soft Matter, Issue 18, 2017

The Cover of Soft Matter, Issue 18, 2017 shows a

polyelectrolyte gel simulated with ESPResSo .

Find details in the article:

“A self-consistent mean-field model for polyelectrolyte gels”
by Oleg Rud, Tobias Richter, Oleg Borisov, Christian Holm
and Peter Košovan

Recent publications citing ESPResSo

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