The goal of this program was to obtain total energies
accurate to 1 microHartree across the periodic table
(compared to an RLDA total energy of -28001 Hartree for U),
a value which seems thoroughly
adequate for all forseeable needs of materials science and
chemistry (1 microHartree = 0.03 meV = 0.0006 kcal/mole).
Obviously, this goal could only be attained by performing complex numerical calculations, for which it is difficult to state an error budget in rigorous quantitative terms. The only exact analytical results available to us are the total energies (equal to orbital energy eigenvalues) of one-electron atoms, as given by solution of the Schrödinger equation. We found that, in all cases, these energies were reproduced to the numerical accuracy of the computer for radial grid parameters similar to those used in our production runs.
Thus, our basis for quoting the absolute numerical accuracies given here derives from