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Accelerated molecular dynamics force evaluation on graphics processing units for thermal conductivity calculations

Zheyong Fan, Topi Siro, Ari Harju
COMP Centre of Excellence and Helsinki Institute of Physics, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
arXiv:1211.3892 [cond-mat.mtrl-sci] (16 Nov 2012)

@article{2012arXiv1211.3892F,

   author={Fan, Zheyong and Siro, Topi and Harju, Ari},

   title={Accelerated molecular dynamics force evaluation on graphics processing units for thermal conductivity calculations},

   journal={ArXiv e-prints},

   archivePrefix={arXiv},

   eprint={1211.3892},

   primaryClass={cond-mat.mtrl-sci},

   keywords={Materials Science, Computational Physics},

   year={2012},

   month={nov}

}

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In this paper, we develop a highly efficient molecular dynamics code fully implemented on graphics processing units for thermal conductivity calculations using the Green-Kubo formula. We compare two different schemes for force evaluation, a previously used thread-scheme where a single thread is used for one particle and each thread calculates the total force for the corresponding particle, and a new block-scheme where a whole block is used for one particle and each thread in the block calculates one or several pair forces between the particle associated with the given block and its neighbor particle(s) associated with the given thread. For both schemes, two different classical potentials, namely, the Lennard-Jones potential and the rigid-ion potential are implemented. While the thread-scheme performs a little better for relatively large systems, the block-scheme performs much better for relatively small systems. The relative performance of the block-scheme over the thread-scheme also increases with the increasing of the cutoff radius. We validate the implementation by calculating lattice thermal conductivities of solid argon and lead telluride.
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