Computational Science Technical Note CSTN-139


Classical Mechanical Hard-Core Particles Simulated in a Rigid Enclosure using Multi-GPU Systems

D.P.Playne and K.A. Hawick

Archived November 2011


Hard-core interacting particle methods are of increasing importance for simulations and game applications as well as a tool supporting animations. We develop a high-accuracy numerical integration technique for managing hard-core colliding particles of various physical properties such as differing interaction species and hard-core radii using multiple Graphical Processing Unit (m-GPU) computing techniques. We report on the performance tradeoffs between communiucations and computations for various model parameters and for a range of individual GPU models and multiple-GPU combinations. We explore uses of the GPU Direct communications mechanisms between multiple GPUs accelerating the same CPU host and show that m-GPU multi-level parallelism is a powerful approach for complex N-Body simulations that will deploy well on commodity systems.

Keywords: m-GPU; N-Body; hard-core collsions; polydisperse radii; multi-species.

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  author = {D. P. Playne and K. A. Hawick},
  title = {Classical Mechanical Hard-Core Particles Simulated in a Rigid Enclosure
	using Multi-GPU Systems},
  booktitle = {Proc. Int. Conf. on Parallel and Distributed Processing Techniques
	and Applications (PDPTA'12)},
  year = {2012},
  pages = {76-82},
  address = {Las Vegas, USA},
  month = {16-19 July},
  publisher = {CSREA},
  institution = {Computer Science, Massey University},
  timestamp = {2012.05.03}

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