The Q Continuum Simulation: Harnessing the Power of GPU Accelerated Supercomputers

Katrin Heitmann, Nicholas Frontiere, Chris Sewell, Salman Habib, Adrian Pope, Hal Finkel, Silvio Rizzi, Joe Insley, Suman Bhattacharya
HEP Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL 60439
arXiv:1411.3396 [astro-ph.CO], (12 Nov 2014)



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Modeling large-scale sky survey observations is a key driver for the continuing development of high resolution, large-volume, cosmological simulations. We report the first results from the ‘Q Continuum’ cosmological N-body simulation run carried out on the GPU-accelerated supercomputer Titan. The simulation encompasses a volume of (1300 Mpc)^3 and evolves more than half a trillion particles, leading to a particle mass resolution of ~1.5 X 10^8 M_sun. At this mass resolution, the Q Continuum run is currently the largest cosmology simulation available. It enables the construction of detailed synthetic sky catalogs, encompassing different modeling methodologies, including semi-analytic modeling and sub-halo abundance matching in a large, cosmological volume. Here we describe the simulation and outputs in detail and present first results for a range of cosmological statistics, such as mass power spectra, halo mass functions, and halo mass-concentration relations for different epochs. We also provide details on challenges connected to running a simulation on almost 90% of Titan, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, including our usage of Titan’s GPU accelerators.
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