kim-api-v1.9.0 released — new "collections management" utility to install/remove KIM models


The KIM development team is pleased to announce the release of version 1.9.0 of the KIM application programming interface (API). By conforming to this API, an atomistic simulation code will seamlessly work with any KIM-compliant interatomic model written in any supported language. This release includes dramatic simplifications to the build sysem including a new collections-management user utility to help install and manage models and model drivers.

Version 1.9.0 has the following main features:

  • Added collections-management user utility to manage build and install of OpenKIM Models and Model Drivers.

  • Added support for "Simulator Models". (More information on this will be released in the future.)

  • Dramatically simplify build system by removing supported scenarios.
    • Removed static-link build option
    • Removed "in-place" build scenario
    • Added support and use of the libexec directory to distinguish between user executable utilities and program executable utilities
  • Incorporate fix to configure script contributed by Christoph Junghans

  • Fix minor bugs in KIM_API_DIRS

For more information on these features and planned new features, see the NEWS, README, INSTALL and TODO files in the API package root directory after installing the API.

For instructions on how to install the API and for support information, see