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Section: New Results

Combining Task-based Parallelism and Adaptive Mesh Refinement Techniques in Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Modern parallel architectures require applications to generate massive parallelism so as to feed their large number of cores and their wide vector units. We have revisited the extensively studied classical Molecular Dynamics N-body problem in the light of these hardware constraints. We have introduced Adaptive Mesh Refinement techniques to store particles in memory, and to optimize the force computation loop using multi-threading and vectorization-friendly data structuresĀ [14]. Our design is guided by the need for load balancing and adaptivity raised by highly dynamic particle sets, as typically observed in simulations of strong shocks resulting in material micro-jetting. We have analyzed performance results on several simulation scenarios, over 512 nodes equipped by Intel Xeon Phi Knights Landing (KNL) processors. Performance obtained with our OpenMP implementation outperforms state-of-the-art implementations (LAMMPS) on both steady and micro-jetting particles simulations. In the latter case, our implementation is 1.38 times faster on KNL.

These results were obtained in the context of joint work between Inria and CEA/DAM.