High-Performance Computing in Materials Science (HPC)
Parallel simulation of Brownian dynamics on shared memory systems with OpenMP and Unified Parallel C
C. Teijeiro Barjas, G. Sutmann, G. L. Taboada, J. Touriño.
Journal of Supercomputing, Springer, Heidelberg, 65, 1050-1062, (2013)
The simulation of particle dynamics is an essential method to analyze and predict the behavior of molecules in a given medium. This work presents the design and implementation of a parallel simulation of Brownian dynamics with hydrodynamic interactions for shared memory systems using two approaches: (1) OpenMP directives and (2) the Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) paradigm with the Unified Parallel C (UPC) language. The structure of the code is described, and different techniques for work distribution are analyzed in terms of efficiency, in order to select the most suitable strategy for each part of the simulation. Additionally, performance results have been collected from two representative NUMA systems, and they are studied and compared against the original sequential code.