With advances in algorithms and growing computing powers, quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods have become a leading contender for high accuracy calculations for the electronic structure of realistic systems. The performance gain on recent HPC systems is largely driven by increasing parallelism: the number of compute cores of a SMP and the number of SMPs have been going up, as the Top500 list attests. However, the available memory as well as the communication and memory bandwidth per element has not kept pace with the increasing parallelism. This severely limits the applicability of QMC and the problem size it can handle. OpenMP/MPI hybrid programming provides applications with simple but effective solutions to overcome efficiency and scalability bottlenecks on large-scale clusters based on multi/many-core SMPs. We discuss the design and implementation of hybrid methods in QMCPACK and analyze its performance on current HPC platforms characterized by various memory and communication hierarchies.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|State||Published - 2012|
|Event||23rd Conference on Computational Physics, CCP 2011 - Gatlinburg, TN, United States|
Duration: Oct 30 2012 → Nov 3 2012
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)