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Title: Exploiting multi-scale parallelism for large scale numerical modelling of laser wakefield accelerators
Authors: Fonseca, R. A.
Vieria, J.
Fiuza, F.
Davidson, A.
Tsung, F. S.
Mori, W. B.
Silva, L. O.
Issue Date: Dec-2013
Publisher: IOP Publishing Ltd
Abstract: A new generation of laser wakefield accelerators (LWFA), supported by the extreme accelerating fields generated in the interaction of PW-Class lasers and underdense targets, promises the production of high quality electron beams in short distances for multiple applications. Achieving this goal will rely heavily on numerical modelling to further understand the underlying physics and identify optimal regimes, but large scale modelling of these scenarios is computationally heavy and requires the efficient use of state-of-the-art petascale supercomputing systems. We discuss the main difficulties involved in running these simulations and the new developments implemented in the OSIRIS framework to address these issues, ranging from multi-dimensional dynamic load balancing and hybrid distributed/shared memory parallelism to the vectorization of the PIC algorithm. We present the results of the OASCR Joule Metric program on the issue of large scale modelling of LWFA, demonstrating speedups of over 1 order of magnitude on the same hardware. Finally, scalability to over similar to 10(6) cores and sustained performance over similar to 2 P Flops is demonstrated, opening the way for large scale modelling of LWFA scenarios.
Description: WOS:000327844400013 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
Peer reviewed: Sim
ISSN: 0741-3335
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at:
Appears in Collections:CTI-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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