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Simbuca, using a graphics card to simulate Coulomb interactions in a penning trap

S. Van Gorp, M. Beck, M. Breitenfeldt, V. De Leebeeck, P. Friedag, A. Herlert, T. Iitaka, J. Mader, V. Kozlov, S. Roccia, G. Soti, M. Tandecki, E. Traykov, F. Wauters, Ch. Weinheimer, D. Zakoucky, N. Severijns
Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, K.U.Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200D, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Volume 638, Issue 1, Pages 192-200, 2011

@article{van2011simbuca,

   title={Simbuca, using a graphics card to simulate Coulomb interactions in a penning trap},

   author={Van Gorp, S. and Beck, M. and Breitenfeldt, M. and De Leebeeck, V. and Friedag, P. and Herlert, A. and Iitaka, T. and Mader, J. and Kozlov, V. and Roccia, S. and others},

   journal={Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment},

   year={2011},

   publisher={Elsevier}

}

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In almost all cases, N-body simulations are limited by the computation time available. Coulomb interaction calculations scale with O(N^2) with N the number of particles. Approximation methods exist already to reduce the computation time to O(NlogN), although calculating the interaction still dominates the total simulation time. We present Simbuca, a simulation package for thousands of ions moving in a Penning trap which will be applied for the WITCH experiment. Simbuca uses the output of the Cunbody-1 library, which calculates the gravitational interaction between entities on a graphics card, and adapts it for Coulomb calculations. Furthermore the program incorporates three realistic buffer gas models, the possibility of importing realistic electric and magnetic fieldmaps and different order integrators with adaptive step size and error control. The software is released under the GNU General Public License and free for use.
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